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Elements: South Aegean Volcanic Arc

June 13, 2019

The South Aegean volcanic arc lies at the intersection between Europe, Asia, and Africa, in the cradle of European civilization. Studies over the last decade have transformed our understanding of the arc: subduction architecture and back-arc geodynamics, genesis of the arc magmas, eruption chronology of the arc recorded in marine tephra archives, and hazards posed by eruptions and tsunamis. The volcanoes (e.g., Santorini) in this region have a long history of impacting on human civilization. The articles in this issue present a closer look at the igneous and tectonic processes and hazards that affect this region.

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Ann Pearson Named 2019 John Hayes Award Recipient

June 06, 2019

Ann Pearson, the Murray and Martha Ross Professor of Environmental Sciences at Harvard University (USA), will receive the second annual John Hayes Award from the GS. The award is given to a mid-career scientist for outstanding accomplishments that draw together multiple fields of investigation to advance biogeochemical science. It was created in 2017 by the Organic Geochemistry Division and a group of friends, colleagues, and students of John Hayes. Prof. Pearson will accept the award at the 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Organic Geochemistry.

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Tags: Awards, OGD

GS Offers New Capacity-building Grants

June 04, 2019

The GS is pleased to announce the launch of a new outreach program to support networking, educational activities, analytical training, or related activities in low and lower-middle-income economy countries.  Capacity-building grants of up to $2,500 are available for geochemistry programs in these countries. The application deadline for the first round of grants is September 30, 2019. Learn more

GS Strategic Planning Process

May 29, 2019

In 2018, the GS board identified a need for the society to examine its activities and how well they are serving the international geochemistry community. The organization has a broad mission statement: The Geochemical Society is a nonprofit scientific society founded to encourage the application of geochemistry to improving our understanding of the Earth and solar system. How effective is the society at achieving this mission? To answer that question, the board decided to undertake a strategic planning process this year.

Marc Norman to Receive GS Distinguished Service Award

May 28, 2019

Dr. Marc Norman, an Emeritus Fellow in the Research School of Earth Sciences of the Australian National University, will receive the 2019 Geochemical Society Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Norman is recognized for his service to the scientific community as the executive editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta from 2012-2018. GCA is the journal of the GS and the Meteoritical Society. During his tenure, the journal continued to grow in size and stature, achieving an impact factor of 4.690 in 2017 and a 5-year impact factor of 5.052.

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Meet the Scientist: Orit Sivan

May 23, 2019

Name: Orit Sivan
Title: Professor
Institution: Ben-Gurion University
Place of residence: Lehavim, Israel
Website: http://oritsivansgroup.weebly.com/

 

 

What kind of science do you do?
Environmental geochemistry. My group uses isotope geochemistry to learn about biogeochemical cycles and redox couplings of globally important species (as carbon, iron and sulfur) in natural aquatic systems. We focus on interfaces, such as the sediment-water and the fresh-saline groundwater in coastal aquifers. We combine field-work, laboratory experiments, chemical measurements, and reactive-transport models.

Board of Directors Nominations Now Open

May 22, 2019

The GS is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors. The board governs and sets the strategic direction for all aspects of the society. Qualified nominees will be vetted by the Nominations Committee and a slate of candidates will be presented to the membership in this fall's board election.

Responsibilities
Board members are expected to attend the annual meeting, which is typically held the day before the Goldschmidt Conference begins. Other meetings may be held during the year by teleconference/web meeting. Each member is also asked to serve on a GS committee. Directors have a fiduciary duty to the society, which means they shall act in good faith and take action they reasonably believe to be in the best interest of the society. Directors elected this fall will take office January 1, 2020. The GS Bylaws explain the role of directors in greater detail.

Eligibility
All members in good standing are eligible to be nominated to serve on the board. The Nominations Committee seeks to achieve a balanced representation of the membership with respect to scientific discipline, region, gender, and race.

Open Positions
Vice President: serves for two years, followed by two years as President and two as Past President; responsible for populating society committees with volunteers, and represents the Geochemical Society as an ex-officio member of the Goldschmidt Forum.

Secretary: serves for three years; responsible for supervising the record keeping of the society and represents the Geochemical Society as ex-officio member of the Elements Executive Committee.

International Secretary: serves for three years; works to increase membership and participation from under-represented countries.

Treasurer: serves for three years; oversees the society's finances including tax reporting and creating an annual budget for Board approval.

Non-Officer Directors (2 openings): serve for three years. To maintain geographic diversity as called for in the GS Bylaws, current openings are for a director from Europe (Region 2) and one from Africa, Asia, Australia, or Central or South America (Region 3).

How to Nominate
Nominations may be submitted to nominations@geochemsoc.org by July 5, 2019. You should provide contact information for the nominee and yourself in the message. Nominees will be contacted before the election to confirm that they are willing to serve.

Three GS Members Elected to US National Academy of Sciences

April 30, 2019

Three Geochemical Society members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in the United States: James Farquhar of the University of Maryland, College Park; Marilyn Fogel of the University of California, Riverside; and John Valley of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. All three are Geochemistry Fellows of the GS and the European Association of Geochemistry. We congratulate them on this great honor!

Learn more on the National Academy's website.

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Meet the Scientist: Bumsoo Kim

April 25, 2019

Name: Bumsoo Kim
Institution: Texas A&M University
Place of residence: College Station, Texas, USA

 

What kind of science do you do?
I am a graduate student studying organic geochemistry to understand the past climate change during the Earth's geological history. I collect marine sediment samples from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and analyze lipid biomarkers, so-called "molecular fossils". Lipid biomarkers are powerful tools in providing direct evidence of the microorganisms and understanding the climate variations in the present and in the past. I enjoy playing with analytical instruments, such as gas/liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, to trace lipid biomarkers which are archived in marine sediments for millions of years.

Elements: Reactive Transport Modeling

April 24, 2019

Reactive transport modeling, or computer simulations of the transfer of mass and energy through the subsurface, has become a central tool for understanding how Earth's unique chemical environments are formed, how they function today, and how they might behave in the future. This process-based approach has enabled us to gain a new understanding of a diverse array of Earth processes, from biogeochemical cycles in marine sediments and the factors that control soil formation, to the evolution of contaminated groundwater systems and the engineered containment of nuclear waste. The diverse contributions in this issue will highlight the unique role that reactive transport models have played in advancing our understanding of Earth's shallow crustal environments and our human interactions with them.

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