April 2010 Newsletter

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  • The DCO held its first international Deep Carbon Conference last week in Beijing China. The conference brought together the world's experts in observational, experimental and computational geoscientists to share ideas, collaborate and identify problems and opportunities related to the Deep Carbon Cycle. Conference Link


  • The Program Director in Geobiology and Low-temperature Geochemistry, Marilyn Fogel, along with her colleagues, Dr. Enriqueta Barrera (Surface Earth Processes Section Head, NSF), Dr. Marty Goldhaber (USGS), and Dr. Kate Freeman (Penn State), are planning to hold two NSF-hosted Town Hall meetings this spring/summer for the community to discuss common research themes, the near and longer term future for this relatively new field, and a strategy for gaining more impact in earth, space, and ecosystem science. Both meetings (or mini-workshops) are open to the community.
  • AbSciCon 2010:  Houston, Texas, 26-29 April.  A Town Hall meeting will be held on April 27th, Tuesday from 4-6 pm just following the end of formal sessions to discuss NSF's role in funding basic science research in the larger context of Astrobiology.
  • Goldschmidt Conference 2010:  Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, will be held 13-18 June 2010.  They have reserved a conference room on Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm, Tuesday, June 15th.  This Town Hall meeting will engage the Geochemistry community in formulating new ideas.  Registration for the meeting will be free and available through the Geochemical Society Goldschmidt conference web site.    


  • The DCO Secretariat is pleased to announce the proposals that have been recommended for funding from our first CFP Instrument Fund.

Neutron Instrumentation at ORNL's Neutron Sciences Directorate
Chris A. Tulk and Antonio Moreira dos Santos
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Development of a multi-functional core-flooding system for studies of reactive transport in geomaterials at high pressures
Charles E. Lesher (University of California, Davis), Mark Rivers (The University of Chicago), Yanbin Wang (The University of Chicago), and Yusheng Zhao (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Design of a 2000-ton cubic press for later high-P and high-T experimental research
Xi Liu, Shuangmeng Zhai, and Qiong Liu
Peking University, China

In situ characterization of kinetics of CO2 mineralization using synchrotron x-rays
Helene Couvy, Jiuhua Chen, and Andriy Durygin
Florida International University

Volcano degassing:  Scaling up from field to satellite and global fluxes
Clive Oppenheimer
Cambridge Volcanology Group, University of Cambridge

MIMOSA - a Microbial Methane Observatory for Seafloor Analysis
Beth Orcutt
Aarhus University, Denmark

Mobile underground laboratory for experimentation (MULE)
Susan Pfiffner
The University of Tennessee

Design of borehole incubation chambers to observe and experimentally study the serpentinite-hosted subsurface biosphere
Matt Schrenk
East Carolina University

Development of a new soft X-ray scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) beamline at the Soleil synchrotron
Karim Benzerara and James Badro
Institut de Mineralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condenses


Experimental apparatus and raman spectroscopy to investigate carbon storage in deep sea sediments
Jay B. Thomas and Bruce Watson
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute