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Boaz Luz Named 2009 Patterson Medalist

Contact: Seth Davis (seth.davis@geochemsoc.org)
10 April 2009

ST LOUIS, MO, USA - Dr. Boaz Luz of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel has been named the recipient of the 2009 C.C. Patterson Medal. The award will be given at the Goldschmidt2009 Conference in Davos, Switzerland.

Dr. Luz received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He has been at The Hebrew University's Institute of Earth Science since 1974, becoming an associate professor in 1984 and a professor in 2001. His research centers on the biogeochemistry of the oxygen and carbon cycles and on isotope hydrology. The award recognizes his lab's breakthrough work published in Geophysical Research Letters 35(2) entitled "Record of δ18O and 17O-excess from Vostok Antarctica during the last 150,000 years."

"His 2008 paper with Landais and Barkan, places a fundamental constraint on the interactions between sea surface humidity and sea surface winds in the source area for East Antarctic precipitation during the ice ages. This paper opens the way for reconstructing aspects of the hydrologic cycle since the last glacial maximum (LGM), which is sampled by ice cores all over the Antarctic continent, in Greenland, and in tropical South America."
-Michael Bender, co-nominator

The C.C. Patterson Award recognizes a recent innovative breakthrough in environmental geochemistry of fundamental significance, published in a peer-reviewed journal. The award consists of an engraved sliver medal, a certificate and a $750 (US$) honorarium.

The 2009 C.C. Patterson Award Committee is a six-member volunteer panel comprised of Drs. Candace E. Martin (Chair), David Manning, Gideon Henderson, Heileen Hsu-Kim, Jenny Webster-Brown and Richard Wilkin.

The Geochemical Society is a scientific society, founded in 1955, to encourage the application of chemistry to the solution of geological and cosmological problems. Membership is international with more than 2900 members from academia, government and industry in more than 55 countries. The GS Business Office is located in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department of the Washington University in St. Louis.