2010 Annual Science Report

Carnegie Institution of Washington Reporting  |  SEP 2009 – AUG 2010

EPO Activity: Summer Interns in Astrobiology

Project Progress

The Carnegie Summer Intern Program brings about 20 college students, competitively selected, to our campus every summer for an intensive 10-week experience in original scientific research. At a symposium held at the end of the program, students report on the results of their research. Several interns have been lead authors of related articles later published in scientific journals. Titles of projects, interns with their affiliations and supervisors for projects in astrobiology in 2010 were:

  • AN INVESTIGATION OF THE STABILITY OF NICKEL-BEARING MINERALS IN ULTRAMAFIC-HOSTED HYDROTHERMAL VENT SYSTEMS

Rachael Hoover (University of Colorado) and Dionysis Foustoukos
  • UNDERSTANDING THE CAUSE OF OUR OXYGENATED ATMOSPHERE

Breana Hashman (Dickenson College) and Dominic Papineau
  • UNDERSTANDING THE PREBIOTIC SYNTHESIS OF OROTATE AND URACIL

Rachel Maxwell (University of Arizona) and George Cody
  • TRACE AND MINOR ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF MOLYBDINITE

Melissa McMillan (University of Arizona) and Robert Hazen
  • HIGH-PRESSURE CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY OF NORBERGITE

Amanda Lindoo (Augustana College) and Stephen Gramsch
  • THE DISSOLUTION OF CARBON DIOXIDE IN SODIUM SILICATE MELT AT 15 KBARS AND 1400 °C

Kathryn Kumamoto (Williams College), George Cody, and Bjorn Mysen
  • SEISMOLOGY: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Benjamin Horkley (Woodrow Wilson High School) and Steven Golden
  • STUDYING THE UPPER MANTLE THROUGH THE UNDERSIDE REFLECTIONS: AN INVESTIGATION OF THE X DISCONTINUITY

Byron Kelly (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Nicholas Schmerr
  • HD 34700: AN UNUSUAL SPECTROSCOPIC BINARY

Jennifer Moses (Franklin & Marshall College) and Alycia Weinberger
  • A HIGH-PRESSURE STUDY OF THE NH3-H2 SYSTEM TO 13 GPA

Bethany Chidester (University of Toledo) and Timothy Strobel
  • WATER-CARBON DIOXIDE MIXTURES UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS

Donald Plattner (Centre College) and Maddury Somayazulu
  • MEASURING THE THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF ARGON AT HIGH PRESSURE AND TEMPERATURE

Michael Wong (University of California – Berkeley) and Alexander Goncharov