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Miriam Kastner named 2015 V.M. Goldschmidt Medalist

February 16, 2015

Miriam Kastner, Distinguished Professor in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography University of California San Diego has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 V.M. Goldschmidt Award. The Goldschmidt Award recognizes major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. Dr. Kastner is recognized for her fundamental contributions to our understanding of crust-fluid interactions, particularly in subduction zones and ridge flanks; for the breadth of her research achievements, spanning a wide range of geochemical processes occurring at the sediment-water interface and within marine sediments (gas hydrates and methane cycling, dolomitization, Si, Ca and P mineral diagenesis); and as a rigorous and innovative geochemist who has always set extremely high standards. This award will be presented at the Goldschmidt2015 conference in Prague, Czech Republic this August.

Karen Johannesson named 2015 C.C. Patterson Medalist

February 16, 2015

Karen Johannesson, Professor of Geochemistry and Chemical Hydrogeology at Tulane University has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 C.C. Patterson Award. The Patterson Award recognizes an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service of society, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a short series of papers published within the last decade. Dr. Johannesson is recognized for her papers in which she established new insights into REE aqueous geochemistry. Specifically, the breadth and depth of her work on quantitatively assessing REE complexation and fluxes, as developed through her insights into how REE speciation controls the distribution and mobility of REE in aqueous systems. This award will be presented at the Goldschmidt2015 conference in Prague, Czech Republic this August.

Anat Shahar named 2015 F.W. Clarke Medalist

February 16, 2015

Anat Shahar, Science Staff at the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution of Washington has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 F.W. Clarke Award. The Clarke Award recognizes an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. Dr. Shahar is recognized for her significant experimental advances; her incredibly challenging yet elegant high P-T experiments; and her innovative ability to measure silicon isotopes in situ constraining the melting history of each object within. This award will be presented at the Goldschmidt2015 conference in Prague, Czech Republic this August.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

Goldschmidt2015 : Abstract Submission Now Open

February 16, 2015

Preparations for the 25th Goldschmidt conference, which will be held in Prague on the 16-21 August, are now well underway and we are pleased to be able to open bookings. To give you a taste of the Goldschmidt2015 conference and the beautiful city of Prague, we're excited to present the Goldschmidt2015 welcome video.

2015 Geochemical Fellows

February 16, 2015

The Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry are pleased to announce those receiving the honor of 2015 Geochemical Fellow. Fellows elected this year include: Ariel Anbar (Arizona State University, USA), Hai Cheng (Xi’an Jiatong Uinversity, China and University of Minnesota, USA), Timothy Elliott (University of Bristol, UK), Monica M. Grady (Open University, UK), Erik Hauri (Carnegie Institute, Washington, USA), Gert de Lange (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), Timothy W. Lyons (University of California, Riverside, USA), Kathryn L. Nagy (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), Eiji Ohtani (Tohoku University, Japan), Holly Stein (Colorado State University, USA), Karen H. Johannesson (Tulane University, USA) and Philippe Van Cappellen (University of of Waterloo, Canada). The Geochemical Fellows will receive their honor at the 2015 Goldschmidt Conference in Prague, Czech Republic this August.

Goldschmidt2018 Boston

February 09, 2015

It is with great pleasure that GS and EAG announce the venue and dates for the 28th Goldschmidt Conference! After careful investigation of a series of venues on the U.S. eastern seaboard a competitive bid from the John B. Hynes Veterans Convention Centre in Boston was selected to host the 2018 Goldschmidt from August 11-17. New England and the greater Boston area offer not only an extraordinary nexus of outstanding scientific institutions (many of whom will be involved in the conference planning and organization), but also a superb location for field trips and social events – all located close to major transportation hubs. A special focus of recent Goldschmidt Conferences has been on community building – with a particular emphasis on the group that is the foundation and future of geochemistry - the students and early career scientists. Mentoring programs and other innovations to attract and support our growing and increasingly international community will be a cornerstone as well.

ELEMENTS: Mineralogy of Mars

January 31, 2015

The February issue of Elements magazine (volume 11, issue 1) is in press. "The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity was designed and built to explore the surface of Mars and characterize its modern environment. Its primary objective was to search for ancient habitable environments. During its nominal one-Mars-year mission (23 Earth months), Curiosity drilled and scooped samples, made mineralogical, isotopic, and compositional measurements, took hundreds of thousands of images that provided geologic context for samples, and acquired millions of observations of the modern environment. Curiosity is the most advanced mobile geochemistry laboratory to have ever roved another planet, and it has been very productive. Within 8 months of landing, scientists were able to confirm mission success with evidence of an ancient habitable environment on Mars. This issue presents the range of discoveries related to the investigations of the solid materials at Gale Crater and elsewhere on Mars." [Grotzinger et al. (2015) Elements 11:19-26]

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

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