Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A report on this week's major activities

NSF Proposal
Rosh Hashanah Dinner
If the core and mantle were reacting, would we be able to tell?
Big Question
How shall we be inscribed in the book of life?
The major interface in the Earth is between the metal core and the silicate mantle.
The most sacred time in the Jewish year is between the new year Rosh Hashanah and the day of atonement Yom Kippur.
2 previous proposals on similar subject matter, each resulting in about ~6 publications.
Previous Work
~ 20 previous successful Rosh Hashanah dinners followed by ~20 successful Yom Kippur break-fasts.
Stable isotope fractionation in a liquid silicate at high pressures and temperatures subject to an electrochemical gradient
New Approaches
Brought to the Table
Brisket, tsimmes and chana masala with kimchee eaten with tortillas hechas a manos
Brings together a mineral physicist with a geochemist, petrologist, and magnetic induction geophysicist. (no seismologist this time around)
Brings together the following neighbors in our condo complex:  B, C, D, and E.  (Not A.)
Support is requested for undergraduate researcher as well as a graduate student researcher to perform all experiments, analyze data, and train to be a scientist.
All children are expected to set the table, and clear the table. My son is expected to help prep, cook, & clean.
Wide ranging discussion of the Earth’s thermochemical formation, current state, and evolution due to behavior of the core/mantle boundary system.
Intellectual Merit
Wide ranging discussion around the table focused on global and local current events, politics, culture, and our children
Teaching, training, outreach, technique development.
Broader Impacts
Connection, goodwill, friendship, expanding waistlines
Please Fund My Research Program this year!
Closing Statements
Apples & Honey for a sweet new year!