b'LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENTHow do youdescribe theindescribable?CARNEGIE INSTITUTIONFOR SCIENCE1530 P Street, NW Washington, D.C.20005-1910 O ur colleague, Daniel Kelson,talented researchers to our staff. So, I am 202.387.6400 asked this question in his recentextremely proud to announce that we have publication about the structurerecently hired three outstanding early of the universe. But I think thatcareer scientists. each of us is trying to answer thisBiologist Brittany Belin comes to us President fundamental question every day here atafter a postdoc at Caltech, where she Eric D. Isaacs Carnegie Science. studied soil bacteria that can convert . Whether were exploring dangerousnitrogen in the atmosphere into fertilizer Earth and Planets Laboratory low-oxygen dead zones in lakes andfor legumes, such as soybeans and peanuts. Director, Richard Carlson coastal waters, or peering into the workingShe is joined in the Department of Deputy Director, Michael Walter guts of living fruit flies, or probing theEmbryology by Phillip Cleves, whose work . plumbing deep beneath active volcanoes,on coral-anemone symbiosis is helping us Director, Department of Embryology or discovering mysterious worlds farto better understand the mechanisms that Yixian Zheng beyond our Solar System, we continue tocause mass coral bleaching events in . seek new ways to probe, understand, andresponse to climate change. Director, Department of Global Ecology describe the mysteries of science.Johanna Teske is joining our faculty Anna Michalak Over these past months, as we haveas a staff scientist after six years of . weathered the COVID-19 pandemicpostdoctoral research here at Carnegie, Director, The Observatoriestogether, we have been thinking deeplyfirst as the Carnegie Origins Postdoctoral The Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair about the future of Carnegie science Fellow and then as a NASA Hubble Fellow John Mulchaey about the questions we want to ask, andat the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena. .Acting Director, Department of Plant Biology the answers that we seek. This edition ofHer research, which uses high-resolution Carnegie Science optical spectrometers mounted on the Zhiyong Wangamply demonstrates . that our researchers are meeting theMagellan telescopes at our Las Campanas Chief Operating Officerunprecedented challenges of these timesObservatory in Chile to characterize the Timothy Doylewith resilience and ingenuity. connections between host stars and their . As you will read, a team fromplanets, is helping us to better understand Chief Development OfficerEmbryology is delving into the complexthe formation history and diversity of Ann McElwaincauses of infertility by investigating theexoplanets. She also is an outspoken . role of jumping genes, building on thechampion for equity and inclusivity EditorNobel Prize-winning work of Carnegiein science. Tina McDowell biologist Barbara McClintock. OurIn these challenging times, it is . colleagues in Global Ecology are taking aheartening to see Carnegie scientists Science Writernuanced look at the impacts of aerosolpushing the frontiers of science by Natasha Metzler pollution, finding that even though aerosoldeploying innovative techniques and tools particles are dangerous overall, they dothat yield surprising results and inspire provide some limited local benefits thatnew generations of researchers. As we should be considered as we work to reducelook ahead, I know that these exceptional pollution emissions. A team in our Earthscientists will keep on investigating, and Planets Laboratory is gainingdiscovering, and achieving as they unexpected insights into the carbon inaskand answersome of the biggest Earths core through a series ofquestions of our time.experiments that mimic the conditions of our planets early life.Our ability to conduct forefront science on this level, day in and day out,Eric D. Isaacswww.CarnegieScience.edu hinges on our ability to attract highlyPresident'