Professor of Mineral Physics
Seismological Laboratory


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2018 Fall AGU Presentations, Washingto DC

Nov. 26, 2018: Caltech Party for NASA's InSight Landing on Mars! Panel members Jennifer Jackson (Caltech) and Troy Hudson (JPL) discuss with Planetary Society's Mat Kaplan and Bruce Betts at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium during NASA's livestream. So Exciting!
Panel broadcast on Planetary Radio
YouTube video of Panel during final descent and touchdown of InSight on Mars!
Above photographs taken by Michele Judd, KISS

Anisotropic (Mg,Fe)O Magnesiowüstite: Insight into the core-mantle boundary region
(Caltech News Release), (APS News Release), (LiveScience)


Nuclear Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering Workshop, Argonne National Laboratory (November 2018). Hands-on tutorial given by Dr. Wolfgang Sturhahn.

Johannes Buchen joins our group as a Geophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. He received his PhD from Bayerisches Geoinstitut. Welcome Johannes! (October 2018)

Natalia Solomatova receives the 2018 AGU Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Student Research Award. Congratulations Natalia!

NASA Group Achievement Award: BALLOON-BASED PLANETARY SEISMOLOGY TEAM was cited for: Innovation in conducting the first successful balloon-based infrasound experiment using an artificial seismic source, with planned applications to planetary seismology. Thank you to the Keck Insitute for Space Studies for supporting this initiative and congratulations to the team! (August 2018)

Rachel Morrison defends her doctoral thesis, "Equations of State, Sound Velocities, and Thermoelasticity of Iron-Nickel-Silicon Alloys in the Earth's Inner Core" (August 2018). Congratulations Rachel! Rachel will join Exxon in the Upstream Research group.

Graduate student Olivia Pardo is the recipient of a Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration's Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (Spring 2018). Congratulations Olivia!

Jennifer Jackson is a Visiting Fellow at the Institut für Geophysik - Universität Münster, Deutschland (Winter/Spring 2018)

Graduate student Vasilije Dobrosavljevic gives a talk on Fe-rich (Mg,Fe)O and ultralow velocity zones at the American Physical Society Meeting, Los Angeles (March 2018)

We had many presentations at the Fall AGU Meeting in New Orleans, across multiple disciplines. Congratulations to everyone on their presentations!

Undergraduate student Tyler Perez presents his research at the Seismo Seminar Series (Aug. 23, 2017)

Jennifer Jackson and group members host Women in STEM, Caltech (summer 2017)

Seismic experiments near Pahrump, Nevada, were successful! A big thanks to the Keck Institute for Space Studies for supporting these measurements and the entire study. (summer 2017)

Congratulations Dr. Natalia Solomatova! Natalia defended her PhD thesis, "Iron-bearing oxides, silicate glasses and carbonates at lower mantle pressures", May 23, 2017

March for Science! Rachel participates in the March for Science in Los Angeles and Jennifer paticipates in Lille, France (April 22, 2017)

Natalia hosts pre-frosh students in the diamond-anvil cell lab (April 19, 2017)

Jennifer is a Visiting Professor at the University of Lille with Prof. Patrick Cordier and PhD student Riccardo Reali, working on the rheology of lower mantle phases (April, October 2017)

Greg Finkelstein is now the Lab Manager at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, which is part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Congratulations Greg!

Nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and PHOENIX tutorial at Caltech, by Wolfgang Sturhahn (Feb. 2017)

Itaru Ohira, is a visiting PhD student from Tohoku University (Feb-March 2017)

Natalia Solomatova gave a talk about her work on silicate glasses at high pressures at the 2016 Fall AGU

Jennifer Jackson gave an invited talk at the 2016 Fall AGU, on behalf of the KISS Team: Infrasonic and seismic methods to invesitgate the interior of Venus

Jennifer Jackson and group members postdoc Greg Finkelstein, graduate student Natalia Solomatova, and undergraduate student Tyler Perez host Women in STEM (summer 2016)

Rachel Morrison receives one of the Springer Poster Presentation Awards at the 2016 COMPRES annual meeting for her presentation of "Equations of State of Fe-Ni and Fe-Ni-Si at High Pressure". The award is a 150 Euro book voucher from Springer-Verlag. Congratulations Rachel!

Congratulations to Natalia Solomatova for receiving the GPS Division Teaching Assistant award for Ge 164 Mineral Physics (June 3, 2016)!

Natalia Solomatova will present her research on carbonates and amorphous silicates at the 2016 Goldschmidt conference held in Yokohama, Japan

Rachel Morrison invited to give a talk at the 2016 Research at High Pressure Gordon Research Seminar

CSEDI grant awarded to Jackson (PI), Gurnis, Zhan, and Helmberger (Caltech): Integrated seismic, geodynamic, and mineral physics studies of the deepest lower mantle (2016)