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.
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).
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.
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.
March 09, 2015
Online registration for Goldschmidt2015 in Prague, Czech Republic, is now open. This is a reminder that GS members who are current on their 2015 memberships are entitled to register at the member rate (Professional €490, Student €295 for early registration). To receive this rate you will be required to provide your membership number when registering. If you need to check your member status or locate your member number, you may go to our member login.
Two deadlines to keep in mind are the 2 April Abstract deadline and the 16 June Early Registration deadline. Please encourage your colleagues and students who plan to attend Goldschmidt2015 and are not members of one of the partner societies to join first, so that they may qualify for the lower rate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Abstracts submission is now open until 2 April.
- 13 workshops will be run before the start of the conference.
- 7 geochemical field trips (including a world renowned brewery) are now available for booking.
- Registration is now open: members of affiliated societies can register early (€490 and students €295) until 16 June. Tickets for the banquet (again in the magnificent Municipal House), classical concerts, walking and Brevnov Abbey tours are available to book with registration.
- Goldschmidt Needs Student Helpers: volunteers receive waived registration and an honorarium. Applications must be made online before 2 April.
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.