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Special Publication Series now open access

October 16, 2014

The first seven volumes of the Geochemical Society’s Special Publications Series are now available in PDF for free on our website.

Vol. 1 – Magmatic Processes (Tribute to H.S. Yoder)

Vol. 2 – Fluid-Mineral Interactions (Tribute to H.P. Eugster)

Vol. 3 – Stable Isotope Geochemistry (Tribute to Samuel Epstein)

Vol. 4 – Victor Moritz Goldschmidt: Father of Modern Geochemistry

Vol. 5 – Mineral Spectroscopy (Tribute to R.G. Burns)

Vol. 6 – Mantle Petrology (Tribute to F.R. Boyd)

Vol. 7 – Water-Rock Interactions (Tribute to D.A. Crerar)


A limited number of the hardcover editions are still available for purchase.

GS at GSA-Vancouver

October 10, 2014

Dr. Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution of Washington) will present the 2014 F. Earl Ingerson Lecture. His talk, “Chance and Necessity in the Mineral Evolution of Terrestrial Planets,” will be presented on Monday, 20 October 2014 at 1:00 pm in VCC-West Room 205/206. The Geochemical Society will again be sponsoring a ticketed reception with MSA and the GSA-MGPV Division, on Tuesday, 21 October 2014, at 5:45 pm in VCC-West North Foyer Level 2, as well as welcoming attendees to our exhibit booth (booth 1226).

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

ELEMENTS: Cosmogenic Nuclides

October 10, 2014

Cosmogenic Nuclides, the October issue of Elements (volume 10, issue 5) illustrates a frontier area that is fast moving thanks to improvements in analytical instrumentation. It is interesting to see that theoretical developments in particle physics have found applications in our effort to understand today’s landscapes. Guest editors Friedhelm von Blanckenburg and Jane Willenbring, together with the cast of authors they assembled, chose to illustrate how cosmogenic nuclides can help us understand Earth-surface processes. And the Toolkit article shows off the technological prowess needed to measure these rare nuclides—one atom in a million billion.

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

Introductory Student Membership Program

October 06, 2014

In early-2013, the GS introduced the Introductory Student Membership program which grants a two-year membership to students from countries that are under represented in the Geochemical Society. To date this program has granted 91 memberships to students in 18 countries. If you are a qualifying student, please consider applying. If expanding the reach and support for geochemistry internationally is important to you, please consider donating to this program. Donations can be directed to this fund either at the time of membership renewal or by completing your member login and clicking the donate link. With your support, we hope to introduce 100 students or more to the field of geochemistry in 2015.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

Broadening the Diversity of Excellence as we head to Awards Nomination Deadlines (Oct 31 2014)

October 03, 2014

Dear Members of the Geochemical Society,

In the next few weeks we face the deadlines for submission of nominations for the GS's highest competitive honours (October 31 2014). Having the most deserving and most diverse group of award winners is important for many reasons. Awardees symbolize the highest achievement in our field. They inspire all of us, and especially those at an early career stage, to do our best science. They become among the most visible spokespersons for our profession.

This is where you come in.

The development of a large and competitive pool of excellent nominees is critical to the success of the prize competitions. To develop these pools we ask that you in the community bring to bear all your scientific expertise and creative thinking. The past record of prize winners reflects scientific excellence and achievement of the highest level. Putting together a nomination package is not onerous, and unless you choose to reveal your role, is anonymous. There can be no more important role in leading and mentoring scientific accomplishments and recognition in the field of geochemistry.

There is a second important issue I hope to bring to your attention and thereby to mobilize the collective resources of our community to address. The record of achievement the Geochemical Society recognizes through prizes, plenaries and keynotes at Goldschmidt has been exemplary. But a quick look at overall past statistics also reveals that historically, our recognitions and honours have been very much focused on our European and North American membership despite the fact that more than 20% of our membership draws from outside these regions and despite a community membership which reflects a much wider range of diversity of all descriptions (gender, heritage, discipline) as well as geographic.

See earlier Elements Comments by Past-GS President Sam Mukasa on this and related topics from April 2009.

We would like to urge you now to get involved to help ensure all aspects of the Geochemical Society's activities, including prizes continue to reflect the full diversity of scientific excellence and professional achievement that is out there in our community. It is a normal human tendency to self-replicate. When asked to brainstorm a list of names for recognition of scientific excellence my own initial list would no doubt reflect too many groundwater geochemists, likely too many women, and certainly too many Canadians! Those who have studied this issue suggest are simple steps that can help us broaden our collective perspective.

Steps Forward:

Draw up your initial brainstorming list, then step back and think again – more broadly this time. Consider excellent scientists you know who are significantly different than yourself and those who you studied with and postdoc'ed with, and add those names to your nomination list. Our goal this year is to have no fewer than 5 nominees considered for each award and 30 in the consideration pool for GS Fellows.

- We can do better in the nominations phase.
- We need your expert judgement and creative vision.
- Get involved this year.
- Make a resolution to continue your involvement annually and nominate one excellent candidate each year
for something, whether it be within GS or elsewhere.
- We are counting on your leadership and vision. Your role as a scientific mentor and supporter can
change the world (http://www.geochemsoc.org/awards).

With best wishes, Barbara Sherwood Lollar
GS President (2014-2015)

ELEMENTS: Unconventional Hydrocarbons

August 15, 2014

The August issue of Elements magazine (volume 10, issue 4) is in press. Unconventional hydrocarbons, such as gas and oil shale, oil sands, and heavy oil, can now be exploited more effectively and economically. This has stimulated exploration and exploitation on a global scale and has led to a new economic and environmental landscape in energy matters. Exploiting unconventional hydrocarbons requires additional technology, energy, and capital compared to the industry standard. In this thematic issue, Guest editors David Cole and Michael Arthur address the geologic and geochemical nature of these resources and their impact on global socioeconomics and the environment.

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

Hazen named 2014 F. Earl Ingerson Lecturer

August 11, 2014

Robert M. Hazen (Carnegie Institution of Washington) has been selected as the 2014 F. Earl Ingerson Lecturer. His talk, Chance and necessity in the mineral evolution of terrestrial planets, will be presented at the GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada this October. (Photo credit: Deep Carbon Observatory)

GSA – Executive Director Position

August 04, 2014

The Geological Society of America (GSA) has an opening for the position of Executive Director. For more information on the position, please visit their website at: http://www.geosociety.org/humanres/1408ExecDirector.htm. Applications received by 15 October 2014 will receive full consideration; the position will remain open until filled. GSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages nominations of outstanding individuals.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

High impact factor for Geochemical Perspectives

August 04, 2014

The European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) have just announced that the journal Geochemical Perspectives, launched in 2012, has received its first impact factor. For 2013 this is 8.25. All articles are freely available online at geochemicalperspectives.org or via GeoScienceWorld. This strong reception by the geochemistry community of a wholly community run journal is good news for Geochemistry and the launch of Geochemical Perspectives – Letters in 2015.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews

EAG-GS Outreach to visit Madagascar

July 29, 2014

Pierre Deschamps (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) has been selected as the 2014 EAG-GS Outreach lecturer. The first stop of his lecture tour has been confirmed and will be August 20-22 at the University of Antanavarivo in Madagascar. More information on the lecture series can be found on the EAG-GS Outreach page. Additional dates and locations will be added to the page as they become available.

Author: Seth Davis
Category: GNews