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Future Goldschmidt Conferences

January 25, 2015

The European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society, co-owners of the Goldschmidt conference, are excited to announce the locations of future meetings:

Please mark these dates in your calendar. We hope to see many of you there.

Chief Operating Officer, Geochemical Society

January 19, 2015

The Geochemical Society (GS) has an opening for the position of Chief Operating Officer in their new business office at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC. For more information on the position, please visit Carnegie's website: https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/chief-operating-officer-the-geochemical-society/. Applications received by 14 February 2014 will receive full consideration; the position will remain open until filled. GS and Carnegie are equal opportunity employers and encourages nominations of outstanding individuals.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

In Memoriam: Robert Berner

January 13, 2015

Dear G&G Community:

I write to bring you the sad news that Robert A. Berner, Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geophysics, passed away as a result of pneumonia this weekend. We extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his family at this most difficult time.

Bob got his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He did a postdoc at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography before moving to the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor in 1963. He came to Yale in 1965, and stayed here for the rest of his career.

Bob was one of the greatest geochemists and, more broadly, geologists who ever lived. It is simply impossible to list all of his accomplishments. Much of his research centered on the quantitative geochemistry of sediments, and it's not an exaggeration to say that he defined the field as we know it. He made seminal contributions to, for example, the geochemistry of sulfides and carbonates in the oceans, diagenesis, weathering, and geochemical cycling. He was a thoughtful teacher and mentor, inspiring a whole generation of geochemists who got their Ph.D.'s or did their postdoctoral research in his lab. Today the students of Bob's students are now making their impact on the field!

Bob's research in any one of the areas he studied would have made a spectacular career. The fact that he made such fundamental contributions to so many areas makes his achievements and legacy all the more remarkable. Arguably his broadest impact has been in the area of carbon cycling. For example, Bob spearheaded the quantitative interpretation of the CO2 content of the atmosphere over the last 600 million years of Earth history. His work provided the basis for virtually all modern carbon cycling research going on today. This understanding of past CO2 levels and paleoclimates has provided an invaluable baseline of comparison for determining the impact of today's anthropogenic CO2 emissions on the atmosphere and the associated climate change.

Bob served the field of geochemistry as the President of the Geochemical Society, and received countless accolades (Guggenheim Fellow; Member, National Academy of Sciences; and many, many others). Bob's long association with the American Journal of Science (Silliman's Journal) as Associate Editor or Editor held special significance for him; indeed, many of his most influential papers were published there.

Bob had a tremendous sense of humor and could talk about almost any topic with enthusiasm and insight. He was an expert on wine (including it's chemistry!) and loved music. Given the importance of what he worked on regarding atmospheric chemistry and carbon cycling, he attracted quite a bit of media attention. I remember one instance where the news media had become very interested in his research on trapped air samples in ancient amber. Part of this translated into print as something along the lines of: Scientists Capture Dinosaur Breath! Bob thought that was hilarious and we all had a great laugh over it too.

I remember a dinner in Bob's honor some years ago. Many of his family members were present. He was holding one of his grandchildren in his arms, pontificating about some great insight he had had about geochemistry. And the little baby just reached up and grabbed his nose. He immediately dissolved into the world of that baby---the science left his mind and you could see how the love that he had for his family was such an integral part of what made him so special.

In accordance with the family's wishes, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bob's name to the Geology and Geophysics Graduate Research and Field Studies fund. You can send these by mail to the G&G Chair's office c/o Rebecca Pocock. I highly recommend Bob's fascinating autobiography, which can be found here: http://people.earth.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Berner/Robert%20A_%20Berner%20Autobiography.pdf


Jay J. Ague, Henry Barnard Davis Professor of Geology & Geophysics
Chair, Department of Geology & Geophysics
Yale University, P.O. Box 208109
New Haven CT 06520-8109 USA
Phone: 203-432-3171 FAX: 203-432-3134
jay.ague@yale.edu http://people.earth.yale.edu/profile/jay-ague/about

Curator-in-Charge of Mineralogy & Meteoritics, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Reprinted with permission.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: In Memoriam

2015 Officer Election Results

January 13, 2015

Anne Peslier (Jacobs Technology at NASA Johnson Space Center, USA), and Yuji Sano (Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo, Japan) have been elected by the Geochemical Society membership to serve on the Board of Directors from 2015-2017. The election was held by online ballot from December 10, 2014 through December 29, 2014. We are extremely grateful to all the candidates for participating, and to the 1,020 Geochemical Society members who cast their votes in this election. 

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

ELEMENTS: Graphitic Carbon

December 17, 2014

The December issue of Elements magazine (volume 10, issue 6) is in press. "Graphitic Carbon, with its diverse structures and unique properties, is everywhere at Earth's surface. Strategically located at the interface between the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere, graphitic carbon constitutes a major terrestrial carbon reservoir. Natural and synthetic graphitic carbon is also used in a broad range of applications. Graphitic carbon has played an important role in human history (for example, coal mining) and is now a building block of nanotechnology, but this remarkable material is also an active player in geological processes." From Beyssac and Rumble, Elements 10: 415-420.

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

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

Director Election Ends Monday

December 11, 2014

UPDATE: Election has been extended one week to Monday, December 29th at 11:59 P.M. (GMT)

Over 4,700 e-mail ballots were issued last Wednesday to elect two new directors of the Board of Directors. If you are a current member and have not done so already, please locate your ballot and vote (the email subject line is: Geochemical Society 2015 BOD Election Ballot -- Please vote by 22 December). The election will close on Monday, December 22nd at 11:59 P.M. (GMT). On the 2015 Slate of Officers are Anne Peslier (NASA-Johnson Space Center) and Colleen Hansel (WHOI) for Director – Position 1; and Yuji Sano (University of Tokyo) and Yigang Xu (Chinese Academy of Science) for Director – Position 2.

Finally, if you are a current member and did not receive a ballot, please check your spam and/or junk folder. If it is not there, you may still cast your vote by using this Ballot Link. Your member number and email address are required, and all ballots will be verified before being counted.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

Goldschmidt2016: Science Committee Finalized

November 21, 2014

The Goldschmidt2016 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the leaders of the Science Committee have been finalized. They are Hisayoshi Yurimoto, Chair (Hokkaido Univ., Japan, cosmochemistry), Daniela Rubatto (ANU, Australia, isotope geochemistry), Roberta Rudnick (Univ. Maryland, USA, solid geochemistry), Katz Suzuki (JAMSTEC, Japan, resource geochemistry), Derek Vance (ETH, Switzerland, environmental geochemistry) and Meixun Zhao (Ocean University of China, China, organic geochemistry).

2015 Board Elections

November 17, 2014

Two director positions to serve on the GS Board of Directors will be voted on by the membership before the end of the year. Voting will be by electronic ballot only, so please make sure your email address and membership are up to date.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

2015 Membership Drive

November 17, 2014

Membership renewal emails were sent out earlier this week. If you have not done so, please take a moment to renew online. Through Jan 31, 2015, members receive the early renewal rate ($30 USD for professionals; $10 USD for students). Scientific societies like ours are a crucial link in the science enterprise because of their unique ability to organize unbiased peer review of journal articles and to provide vital forums for sharing scientific information. We are only able to do this with your membership and involvement. Please contact us at any time with your member needs or questions and thank you for being a part of the Geochemical Society.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

Goldschmidt2015: Call for Workshops, Short Courses and Town Hall Meetings

October 31, 2014

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DEADLINE Monday December 15th

Workshops are a great opportunity to teach valuable skills or share new techniques, and over 400 delegates are expected to participate in workshops during the weekend before Goldschmidt2015. The Goldschmidt conferences are one of the best annual opportunities to reach the community and the conference office will manage the provision of rooms, audiovisual equipment, catering, delegate bookings and payments: all workshop organisers need to do is publicise their workshop and prepare their materials.

If you are interested in running a workshop, short course or town hall meeting then please submit a proposal. All proposals will be reviewed by the science committee and those accepted unto the conference program will need to provide a final set of specifications by December 15th if it is to be accepted for Goldschmidt2015.

If you would like to suggest a workshop idea to be run by someone else then please contact the conference office to make a suggestion, and we’ll see if we can find someone to run it.