Gleason Receives 2014 Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award

Arianna Gleason received the 2014 Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, held 15–19 December in San Francisco, Calif. The award is for promising young scientists (current Ph.D. students and individuals who have completed the degree requirements for a Ph.D. or highest equivalent terminal degree up to 12 months prior to the nomination deadline) in recognition of outstanding contributions achieved during their Ph.D. research.


Gleason_Arianna-MRP_Early_Career_Award_SIZEDThe American Geophysical Union (AGU) Mineral and Rock Physics Focus Group is pleased to present the first Early Career Award to Arianna Gleason. Following her undergraduate years at the University of Arizona, she was a Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Sciences (COMPRES) intern at the Advanced Light Source of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2004–2005. She received her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of California at Berkeley under the supervision of Professor Raymond Jeanloz. From 2010 to 2013, Arianna was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University working in the research group of Professor Wendy Mao. She is now a research associate at Stanford and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Arianna Gleason is an exceptionally bright young researcher working at the cutting edge of multidisciplinary mineral physics. She

is making seminal contributions to two frontiers of high-pressure experimentation: static compression diamond-anvil cell and dynamic compression laser shock measurements. She is conducting pioneering high-pressure mineral physics research using shock compression performed at the Linac Coherent Light Source at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Jupiter Laser Facility at Livermore National Laboratory, and facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Congratulations, Arianna!

—Bob C. Liebermann, Mineral Physics Institute, Stony Brook University, N. Y.



I am extremely honored to receive this award and grateful to the Mineral and Rock Physics section of AGU for its recognition of my efforts and accomplishments. My interest in mineral physics sprang from an X-ray diffraction project with Professor Bob Downs at the University of Arizona (U of A) on chalcopyrite during my undergraduate studies, and I cultivated a commitment to careful scientific research and discovery with the Spacewatch Project at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, U of A. I feel fortunate to have found a field that I am truly excited about and am proud to contribute to planetary sciences and mineral physics.

For my accomplishments in high-pressure research, I owe much gratitude to a number of professors and scientists at the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), and Stanford University for their guidance and support during my graduate and postdoctoral studies. In particular, I am indebted to my Ph.D. advisor, Raymond Jeanloz, at UCB for his invaluable teaching and my inspiring postdoctoral advisor, Wendy Mao, at Stanford University. Progress in mineral physics often relies on a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach; therefore, I am very fortunate to have so many great mentors and enthusiastic and experienced colleagues. In particular, I would like to thank Cindy Bolme at Los Alamos National Laboratory and collaborators in High Energy Density Physics at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Matter in Extreme Conditions staff at the Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC, and staff at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. The support from my family and friends has been invaluable to my journey as a scientist—I dedicate this award to my late mother and grandfather.

—Arianna E. Gleason, Los Alamos National Laboratory and SLAC National Laboratory, Stanford University, Menlo Park, Calif.