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August 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friends of NOSAMS,

These past few months have been a productive time at NOSAMS and we are writing to update you on recent changes.

We are excited to announce that we have purchased a new MIni CArbon DAting System (MICADAS), manufactured by IonPlus, with funds from a successful NSF MRI proposal and WHOI cost sharing. It was installed in April, 2022 and passed final site acceptance tests in July, 2022. Samples can be introduced as graphite or via the Gas Interface System (GIS) with an Elemental Analyzer for organic samples or with a Carbonate System for inorganic samples. Over the next several months we will be offering these lower cost, lower precision carbonate and ready-to-burn organic carbon analyses using the hybrid gas interface MICADAS peripherals. Please contact us at for details. Thank you to NSF and the radiocarbon community for their support!

After 7 years of distinguished service, Dr. Mark Kurz has stepped down as NOSAMS Director and Dr. Susan Lang has taken up the post. The staff is very grateful to Mark who helped steer the facility through key staffing changes, the pandemic, and the funding of the MICADAS.

Dr. Susan Lang started as the new NOSAMS Director in May, 2022. She has a strong background using radiocarbon in the areas of dissolved organic carbon and compound specific analyses of small polar molecules. She has a long-standing interest in developing new radiocarbon and stable carbon methods.

As always, please visit our website for more information on all of our current services and fees.

All the best, the NOSAMS Facility Staff