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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

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.

Goldschmidt2015: Call for Sessions

October 31, 2014

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DEADLINE Monday December 15th

Goldschmidt2015 will be the 25th Goldschmidt conferences, and to celebrate we are returning to beautiful Prague, the same venue as Goldschmidt2011. The Goldschmidt conference is the most important forum for the discussion of recent results in geochemistry and related fields. The science committee has identified the key theme areas, and the theme convenors have proposed a range of sessions in each theme. Now the whole community is invited to view the sessions already proposed, and make suggestions for further sessions.

Please take a look at the Goldschmidt2015 Themes and Sessions already proposed and discuss with your colleagues whether there are any gaps in the program in your subject area. Any additional sessions you might propose should be broad enough to attract at least 25 abstract submissions, and the approval of all proposed organisers should be confirmed before your proposal is submitted. Please ensure that your suggested session will satisfy these criteria. If you would like to propose an additional session for Goldschmidt2015 please submit it through the website.

All sessions will be reviewed by the theme chairs and science committee and included in the list of sessions where appropriate. If you have any questions about the suitability or overlap of your proposed session with existing sessions, please contact the appropriate theme leaders (whose details are available on the conference website).

Final Call for 2015 Award Nominations

October 27, 2014

The October 31st deadline for 2015 Award Nominations is closing in. Thank you to those who have already submitted nominations or are in final preparations, your nominations are invaluable to the process. If you haven’t participated yet, please take the time to consider the accomplishments of your valued colleagues by nominating them. With your help, we can ensure the award committees have a diverse and deserving pool of candidates to consider. Your participation in the awards program by being a nominator or by writing a supporting letter of recommendation not only benefits the nominee, it also benefits the geochemical community.

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