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Inaugural Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture

November 20, 2015

The Geochemical Society is pleased to announce the inaugural 2016 Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture. This prestigious lecture series is to recognize a prominent scientist who is making cutting-edge field-based measurements or laboratory measurements on field samples in the area of biogeochemistry.

The Biogeochemistry Lecture will be presented annually as part of the Goldschmidt Conference as a keynote in a related session. The honoree will deliver a lecture and will receive an award certificate and partial reimbursement for meeting registration, lodging, and travel/airfare. The first Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture will be presented at the 2016 Goldschmidt Conference in Yokohama, Japan (June 26-July 1, 2016).

The GS solicits open nominations from the global geochemical community to the selection committee. Please include by Dec. 2, 2015 the full name and contact details for the nominee and nominator, a short CV for the nominee, and a letter of support from the nominator explaining the rationale for the nomination to: awards@geochemsoc.org.

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2016 Board Election

November 12, 2015

Voting is now open for positions on the Geochemical Society's board of directors. The business office sent an electronic ballot to all current members on Nov. 12. If you did not receive an email with instructions for voting, please contact us at gsoffice@geochemsoc.org. Members may vote until 23:59 GMT on Nov. 25.

Learn more about the slate of candidates

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Elements: Supergene Metal Deposits

October 29, 2015

Supergene metal deposits form when deeply buried ore bodies are exposed at the Earth's surface and undergo oxidation, dissolution, and significant reconcentration of metals. This issue highlights some of the most recent advances in the field, including cutting-edge research in economic geology, paleoclimate and geoarcheology studies, environmental geochemistry, geobiology, and corrosion science.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements online archive using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

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In Memoriam: Ian Hutcheon

September 21, 2015

Ian D. Hutcheon, Deputy Director of the Glenn Seaborg Institute and Group Leader of the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures Group in Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division in the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, passed away March 26, 2015. He was 67 years old.

Hutcheon earned his PhD in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. His expertise with the ion probe began to develop at the University of Chicago when he worked with Joe Smith and then expanded further when he moved to Cal Tech in 1983 to work with Jerry Wasserburg on the applications of secondary ion mass spectrometry to cosmochemistry. He moved to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1993.

Hutcheon made numerous contributions to the study of the isotopic composition of meteorites and what they reveal about the evolution of the early solar system. He was also a key developer of nuclear forensics as both a field of scientific investigation and a scientific discipline with significant applications to national security. He conducted groundbreaking work in the formation mechanisms of planets and meteorites, diffusion transport processes in terrestrial and planetary melts, glasses and minerals; and conducted the first NanoSIMS-enabled studies of biological materials. He authored over 200 papers and book chapters, and co-wrote the textbook, Nuclear Forensics Analysis with colleagues Pat Grant and Ken Moody.

His awards in recent years included being named, in 2013, a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at the Laboratory; receiving the Physical and Life Sciences Outstanding Post-doc Mentor award in 2010; and having a newly discovered mineral in the Allende meteorite named in his honor, Hutcheonite. He was named a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society in 1986.

In his 22 years at LLNL, he built the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures Group from himself and 2 others and one secondary ion mass spectrometer to 38 scientists, post-docs, graduate students and technicians. The breadth of study within the members of his group includes time scale and processes of nucleosynthesis; formation and evolution of meteorites and planets; mineralogy and petrology of unequilibrated meteorites; sub-cellular imaging of biological samples and isotope tracing into cells of all types; environmental microbiology; nuclear forensics and attribution.

In recent years Hutcheon and members of his group were involved in establishing collaborations with colleagues at analytical facilities in South Africa, Canada, the UK, and with the IAEA, to help encourage nuclear forensics efforts.

Ian Hutcheon is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy Hutcheon, former Education Coordinator for summer internships in PLS, his children, Douglass Hutcheon and Dana Gordon, and hundreds of colleagues in the US and abroad, that he mentored and inspired to scientific excellence.

Nancy Hutcheon

Category: In Memoriam

Goldschmidt2016: Call for Sessions

September 10, 2015

The 2016 Goldschmidt Conference will be held in the exciting city of Yokohama, Japan, located an hour by bus from the Tokyo airports and overlooking the beautiful Yokohama bay. The Goldschmidt2016 Science Committee is asking the community to suggest sessions across the whole of the 19 themes so that the theme chairs can take these building blocks and create a completed session list.

Visit the Goldschmidt2016 site to learn more and submit a suggestion. The deadline for suggestions is October 31, 2015.

Elements: Social and Economic Impacts of Geochemistry

August 11, 2015

The August issue of Elements demonstrates the application of geochemistry to a variety of societally and economically important areas, including: mineral exploration; environmental mineralogy; environmental problems in cities, using London (England) as a case study; food industry authenticity; law enforcement; and medical advancements. A significant driver for the research described in all of these articles is analytical achievement and translating this to a societal application.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements online archive using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

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GS is Seeking a Membership Services Coordinator

August 10, 2015

The Geochemical Society is seeking a membership services coordinator to manage the processes and communications associated with the society’s members. He or she will also support programs including conferences and awards. This is an excellent entry-level opportunity for candidates interested in association management and the geological sciences. The position will be based at the GS's business office in Washington, DC.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/membership-services-coordinator/

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ELEMENTS: Apatite: A Mineral for All Seasons

June 04, 2015

The June issue of Elements focuses on the mineral apatite. Number 5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, apatite is one of the first minerals that students of geology learn. Because it was commonly confused with other minerals, apatite was not recognized as a distinct mineral species until the late 18th century. The name apatite is derived from the Greek word άpatein, which means "to deceive." Despite what early mineralogists may have thought of its "deceptive" nature, over the next two centuries apatite was gradually recognized to be the most common phosphate mineral in the Earth's crust and lithospheric mantle where it subsequently acts as a major reservoir for P, F, Cl, OH, CO2, and many trace elements including the rare earths. This issue introduces apatite as a ubiquitous accessory mineral, which is also related to a supergroup family of over 40 other minerals, and then explores its multi-varied roles as a recorder of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial metasomatic and igneous processes, as a thermochronometer over a wide pressure-temperature range, and as a mineral with numerous technological and biological applications.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements online archive using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

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Business Office Opens in Washington, DC

May 18, 2015

The Geochemical Society began a new chapter May 11 with the opening of the Washington, DC business office. The office is located on the campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in the northwest section of the city. Last Monday was also the first day for the Society's new Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Johnson. Kevin comes to the GS from the Association of Government Accountants, where he served as Director of Education & Research. He has also worked for the National Association of State Treasurers and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Kevin and outgoing COO Seth Davis will be working together over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition. The GS business office in Saint Louis, Missouri will close on June 30.

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Special Student Events

May 18, 2015

Goldschmidt2015 will feature a number of events specifically set up for students and early career scientists; some include free lunch, please sign up early.

  • The Lunchtime Seminar Program will provide students with insight, advice and answers to the various questions they may face in their career.
  • The Meet the Plenary series of lunches will allow ~20 pre-selected younger scientists per day to share lunch with the plenary speakers to discuss careers, research, opinions and vision with some of the most eminent scientists at the conference.
  • Early Career conference attendees are encouraged to sign up for the Mentoring Program in which they will be matched one-on-one with a mentor. More info for mentees.

Experienced scientists are also encouraged to sign up as Mentors. Being a mentor provides a valuable opportunity to connect with enthusiastic young scientists and other like-minded mentors. More info for mentors.

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