Department News Archive


EPS students and faculty release statement and action plan opposing anti-Black racism

We, the members of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, vehemently oppose our society’s systemic oppression of and violence against Black people. From the roots of slavery to the mass incarceration and police brutality that continue to this day, the history of the United States is steeped in the suppression of Black lives and […]

Teaching Faculty in Environmental Science

Position Description:The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for a Teaching Faculty position in Environmental Science. This position includes leadership of and teaching duties in the department’s Environmental Science and Studies (ENVS) undergraduate program ( Strong candidates will have interest and experience in teaching relevant science-oriented courses with field- […]

Dimitri Sverjensky named AGU Fellow

Congratulations to Professor Dimitri Sverjensky in being named a 2021 AGU Fellow! AGU Fellows have made outstanding achievements and contributions by pushing the frontiers of our science forward. More information on the 2021 AGU Fellows can be found here:

Prof. Kevin Lewis receives tenure

The Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences congratulates our colleague Kevin Lewis, whose promotion to Associate Professor with tenure was approved by the Board of Trustees on June 28, 2021. Prof. Lewis’s research focuses on the history of Mars. Extensive geological evidence that Mars could have had flowing liquid water in the […]

Department alum wins Urey Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Lynnae C. Quick for being awarded the 2021 Harold C. Urey Prize from the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society! The award is given for outstanding achievement in planetary research by an early career scientist. Dr. Quick received her PhD from EPS in 2013 and is currently an Ocean […]

Two students receive FINESST grants from NASA

Congratulations to EPS graduate students Michael Radke and Elle Hanson, who have received Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) grants from NASA! Elle’s project focuses on the formation of co-condensing ices in Titan’s polar atmosphere, and Michael’s focuses on identifying an unknown ultraviolet-absorbing chemical species in the atmosphere of Venus. […]

EPS alum named CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar

One of our recent PhD graduates, Jihua Hao (JHU, 2017), who worked with Dimitri Sverjensky, has been selected as one of 19 new Global Scholars in the CIFAR Azrieli program which covers the sciences and humanities. Jihua has just started a faculty position at the University of Science and Technology (USTC) in Hefei, China earlier […]

EPS student authors paper highlighting helium rain on Saturn

Graduate student Chi Yan has authored a paper in AGU Advances along with adviser Sabine Stanley. The project uses numerical simulations of Saturn’s magnetic dynamo to explore the thermal structure and possible chemical composition of the planet’s interior, with results suggesting the presence of a thick, stably stratified helium rain-out layer. JHU HUB covers the […]

EPS grad student’s equity work is highlighted in Physics Today

Since 2019, EPS student Miché Aaron has had a leadership role in the Women+ of Color Project, an alliance that supports women and gender-nonconforming people of color in their pursuit of graduate education in STEM fields. Miché and her trailblazing efforts in the WOCP have recently been profiled in Physics Today. Congratulations, Miché!

Beyond Our Solar System

Beyond Our Solar System
Exoplanets 101: faculty from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, including David Sing, Sarah Hörst, and Jocelyne DiRuggiero, explain how planets outside of our solar system are created and discovered—and whether life might exist on them.

Department research on Baltimore Mafic Complex makes the news

National Geographic, the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Post have reported on new findings by EPS department members that were recently published in the journal Geosphere. Their work focuses on rocks of the Baltimore Mafic Complex and concludes that these bodies are suprasubduction zone ophiolites derived from ancient upper mantle material, including a preserved section […]