April 14, 2014
Thank you to the 115 scientists and 193 students and early career scientists who have registered for the Goldschmidt2014 Mentor Program. The program has arranged many opportunities to interact including the Students Mixer (sponsored by the Moore Foundation), the Students Lounge (sponsored by NASA) and also during program Breakfasts (sponsored by Nu). Students and early career scientists may also have the opportunity to enjoy Wine Tasting (sponsored by the Moore Foundation) or a Wild Cats Baseball game (sponsored by Savillex). In addition, a number of insightful workshops, panels and town halls will provide relevant career and professional development information. The workshops topics include teaching (sponsors ASI-Resonetics and MAGNET), publishing (sponsor Elsevier), grant writing (sponsor Elementa), applying for jobs (sponsor ECORD), careers outside academia (sponsors CETAC and AIPG), and communicating science (sponsor Nature Communication). Town halls will meet with funding agencies (sponsor Stanford) and research programs like GEOTRACES (sponsor SCOR) and Critical Zone Observatories. Panels on dual career (UC Davis and UCSC) and a mini-workshop on integrating microbiology and geochemistry (Moore Foundation) will round out the program. Please visit the Goldschmidt2014 Mentor Program webpage for more details.
March 10, 2014
The lead story in last week's Geochemical News contained an inaccurate headline and short summary. As reported in the text of the story published in Sky and Telescope, the article published in Nature Geoscience by John Valley and coworkers reports refined U-Pb analysis of a zircon from Jack Hills Australia with an age of 4374 ± 6 Ma that provides strong support that this age reflects the igneous crystallization age for this zircon. The age adds to growing evidence for the presence of terrestrial crust formed within 200 Ma of the beginning of Solar system formation. We apologize that Geochemical News repeated the inaccurate headline supplied by Sky and Telescope for this most interesting result.
February 13, 2014
The February issue of Elements magazine (volume 10, issue 1) is in press. This first issue of 2014 deals with asteroids and highlights this very exciting field of space exploration. Much of the information related in this issue is mind boggling and reads almost like science fiction, but it is real frontier science. Six articles review the discovery and different types of asteroids, as well as current or future space missions to study or recover them. Three special asteroids are singled out: the former asteroid 2008 TC3 that became the Almahata Sitta meteorite after fragmenting above the Sudanese desert on October 6, 2008; the asteroid Itokawa sampled by the JAXA mission Hayabusa, providing the only non-meteoritic samples of an asteroid; Vesta, the most-studied asteroid and the second most massive, visited by NASA’s Dawn mission and interpreted to be the source of 100 known meteorites. Moreover, CosmoElements relates the NEAR-Shoemaker mission at Eros, which was the first detailed exploration of an asteroid. The cover is an artist rendition of the Hayabusa spacecraft approaching asteroid Itokawa.
Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements online archive using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).
February 10, 2014
The Geochemical Society has recently been contacted by a documentary production company working on a project involving Clair C. Patterson and they are seeking film/video footage of him. If you have any footage that may be used for this project, please send an email to the GS Business Office by Friday, Feb. 14. Please include a description of what it is and, if it is copyrighted, the name and contact information of the owner. If interested in your material, the production company will be in touch to discuss the project.
January 24, 2014
Field trip organizers for the Goldschmidt2014 conference are putting together several not-to-be missed experiences both before and after the conference. Be sure to check out the current offerings, including one-day trips to the Sierra Nevada, the Monterey Formation, or a Taste of the Terroir of the Napa Valley, to longer trips such as the four-day trip “Silicic Magmatism: Plutonism in Yosemite National Park and Volcanism in Long Valley Caldera.” [MORE]
January 17, 2014
We are happy to offer the very first Goldschmidt mentoring program in Sacramento. Designed for novice conference attendees, students, and early career scientists, mentees will be matched one-on-one with an experienced scientist to help them navigate the conference. You may indicate your interest in being a mentor or a mentee when you register for the meeting. To be included in the program you should register by April 8th to allow time for matching and communication. [ READ MORE ]
Photos courtesy: Dominique Weis
January 13, 2014
The Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry are pleased to announce the selection of Tim Elliott, University of Bristol, as recipient of the 2014 Paul W. Gast Lecture. Dr. Elliott is a charismatic speaker who has most recently focused his research on constraining the timing and style of planetary accretion in the early solar system. The Gast Lectureship is awarded to a mid-career scientist for outstanding contributions to geochemistry, and his lecture will be presented as a plenary at the Goldschmidt2014 conference.
January 13, 2014
The Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry are also pleased to announce that all current and future recipients of the Geochemical Society’s C.C. Patterson Award and the EAG’s Science Innovation Award will also be named GS/EAG Geochemical Fellows. Past recipients who have not yet been named Geochemical Fellow will be presented with the honor during a ceremony at the Goldschmidt2014 conference. These honorees include Robert F. Anderson, Kenneth Bruland, R. Lawrence Edwards, William F. Fitzgerald, George W. Luther III, Christopher Reddy, Stefan Schouten, Jeffrey P. Severinghaus, and William Sunda for the Patterson Award, and Daniel Sigman and Kei Hirose for the Science Innovation Award.
January 13, 2014
Derek Vance (ETH Zürich), has recently accepted appointment to the Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-Cubed) Editoral Board. G-cubed is an online journal published by the American Geophysical Union in association with the Geochemical Society. Dr. Vance is a former GS director, and joins Thorsten Becker, Editor-in-Chief (USC), Janne Blichert-Toft (CNRS), and Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University).
January 13, 2014
Today (Jan 14) is the deadline to submit topical session proposals for the 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC (Oct 19-22). Any individual or geoscience organization is welcome to suggest topics and submit proposals for both Topical Sessions and Pardee Keynote Symposia. Pardee Symposia are high-profile sessions on significant scientific developments, with invited speakers only. Topical Sessions are a combination of invited and volunteered papers. To help grow geochemical interest at the GSA annual meeting, please contact our liaison, Bill Hart if you would like GS to endorse your proposal.