Podosek To Be Honored With Distinguished Service Award

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

ST LOUIS, MO, USA - Dr. Frank A. Podosek of Washington University in St. Louis has been named the recipient of the 2009 Geochemical Society Distinguished Service Award. The award will be given at the Goldschmidt2009 Conference in Davos, Switzerland.

Dr. Podosek has served as the Executive Editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta since 1999. Before that he was the chairman of the Joint Publications Committee which oversees the journal. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and is an isotope cosmo-geochemist. His research centers on the uses of isotopic analysis of natural materials in elucidating the character and history of our planet and our planetary system.

"I have personal experience with the impact of Frank's work for the journal while I was an associate editor. Based on this experience, to say he is impressive in the Editor role is a major understatement. He has handled the conflicts that inevitably and frequently arise during the review process with grace. The web procedures that Frank has developed allow the review process to proceed seamlessly. Under Frank's leadership, the staff of the journal is fanatically dedicated to its smooth and timely operation. Overall, Frank has not only maintained, but also increased the quality and impact of our journal immeasurably. The time and energy he has put into this effort are far beyond what any of us will ever devote the Geochemical Society. There is no question in my mind that he deserves this recognition."
-Marty Goldhaber, GS President

The Geochemical Society Distinguished Service Award was established in 2002. It recognizes and documents outstanding service to the Geochemical Society and/or the geochemical community that greatly exceeds the normal expectations of voluntary service.

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 over 55 countries.

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