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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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Early registration deadline and 25 Anniversary Talks

May 18, 2015

We'd like to remind you that the Early Registration deadline is 16 June and members of EAG, GS, GSJ, MSGBI, DMG, AFEQ, SFIS, SGI, SIMP, HGS and ISEB are entitled to reduced registration rates (€490 and €295 for students).

In honour of the 25th anniversary of the Goldschmidt conference, a series of 25 special anniversary talks linked to each theme will highlight the greatest achievements over the past quarter century and a vision of where the specific geochemical field may be going in the future. Look out in each theme for session 'Theme number-s'.

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Meeting Assistance Program awards three grants

April 06, 2015

The Geochemical Society Program Committee has recently approved three Meeting Assistance Program (MAP) grants of US$ 2000 each to: the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on the Interior of the Earth: Surface Connections held 7-12 June, 2015 in South Hadley, MA USA; the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Chemical Oceanography held 26-31 July 2015 in Holderness, NH, USA; and the RIMG Short Course: Pore Scale Geochemical Processes held 15-16 August 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. For more information on the Meeting Assistance Program, including how to apply, visit the MAP webpage.

ELEMENTS: Arc Magmatic Tempos

April 06, 2015

The April issue of Elements magazine (volume 11, issue 2) went to press March 27 and is scheduled to be mailed April 13. In this issue, the characteristics, potential causes, and implications of episodic magmatism in oceanic and continental arcs are explored. A comparison of U–Pb bedrock and detrital zircon ages in arcs with independent calculations of volumetric magma addition rates (MARs) indicates that 100–1000 times more magmatism is added to arcs during flare-ups than during lulls. Episodic arc magmatism may result from external forcing on arc systems caused by events outside the arc and/or from internal cyclic processes driven by feedback between linked tectonic and magmatic processes within the arc. Changes and asymmetries in magmatic, tectonic, and geochemical histories provide important constraints for evaluating these poorly understood driving mechanisms. [Paterson and Ducea (2015)Elements 11: 91-98].

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
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Business Office to relocate to Carnegie

March 30, 2015

Last June, the Geochemical Society and Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) decided to not renew their agreement to house the GS business office in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (the current contract concludes on June 30, 2015). And, as GS Chief Operating Officer Seth Davis indicated in last month's Elements, he will be stepping down as COO after 15 years of service to the Geochemical Society. We thank WashU, Seth, and his assistant, Kathryn Hall, for their years of support, service, and for jobs well done. Moving forward, a task force has been able to secure a new location for the business office at the Carnegie Institution of Washington (Washington, DC). Carnegie has long been an champion of the Geochemical Society and we are grateful for their commitment to our organization. The search for a new Chief Operating Officer is also well under way and we are expecting a smooth transition in the coming months.

Author: Seth Davis
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MAP application deadline March 31

March 16, 2015

The Geochemical Society's Meeting Assistance Program (MAP) annually allocates up to five sponsorships of up to $2,000 (USD) each for support of geochemistry sessions/symposia at any scientific conference of geochemical relevance. Deadlines for applications are March 31 and September 30 of each year. For more information and application instructions please visit our MAP webpage.