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Tour of Carnegie Institution for Science Broad Branch Road Laboratories

  • 17 Jun 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • 5241 Broad Branch Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015
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The Carnegie Institution for Science invites DCSWA members on an exciting and exclusive tour of their Broad Branch Road (BBR) Campus, home of two of six Carnegie Science departments located across the country: the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and Geophysical Labs. At its inception in 1914, BBR served as a “mission control center” for magnetic survey expeditions and sailing ships that crisscrossed the globe measuring the planet's magnetic field, as well as early materials research on glass and fuses. Today it is an interdisciplinary research center for the Earth and planetary sciences, as well as high-pressure physics. It is home to more than 40 labs and over 100 staff and visiting scientists, postdocs, and technical specialists, plus a library that holds 10,000 technical books, maps, and reports.

In this tour, see scientists demonstrate the performance of modern seismometers and show how they can be deployed in the field; demonstrate how astronomers can use a telescope to observe distant planets; see the multi-million-dollar mass spectrometers and ion probes used to analyze and age date rocks from Earth and space; and take a look at the teeny tiny Carnegie logo that was “drawn” on a sample using a scanning electron microscope.

When: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Where: Carnegie Institution, 1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (meeting point) and Broad Branch Road campus (5241 Broad Branch Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015)

Cost: Free (plus breakfast and lunch included!)

Questions: email Lauren Lipuma at president@dcswa.org.

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