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Elements: Terroir: Science Related to Grape and Wine Quality

June 07, 2018

The French have a word for all aspects of the wine environment: ​​terroir. Terroir is the integration of all individual factors that contribute to wine quality. This issue explores the physical environment that shapes the character and quality of wine, ranging from geology and soils to viticulture and climate. It also discusses some of the technological advances such as drones, remote sensing, and precision agriculture that are revolutionizing the production of fine wine.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements website using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Alex Sessions Named 2018 John Hayes Award Recipient

May 30, 2018

Alex L. Sessions, Professor of Geobiology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech (USA), will receive the first John Hayes Award this summer. 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 last year by the Organic Geochemistry Division and a group of friends, colleagues, and students of John Hayes. Prof. Sessions will accept the award this summer at the Gordon Research Conference on Organic Geochemistry.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews
Tag: Awards

2017 Report to Our Members

April 30, 2018

Read the 2017 Report to Our Members

The GS is pleased to present this report summarizing the annual activities of the society for 2017. It is designed to present important facts about the programs and finances of the society in a concise format. We welcome your comments on the report by contacting the business office.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Elements: Comets

April 19, 2018

The articles in this issue of Elements provide a fascinating account of comets and the making of our planetary system. We learn why comets are visible to the naked eye, about their complex organic geochemistry, the surprising find of free O2, and the likelihood of a comet impact on Earth. Articles present concise reviews of what has been learned regarding the mineralogy, geochemistry, and geology of comets from the Giotto, Vega, Stardust, Stardust NEXT, Deep Impact, and Rosetta missions to comets Halley, Wild 2, Borrelly, Tempel 1, and Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Processes that force comets to interact with other Solar System bodies are also discussed.

Current Geochemical Society members can access this issue now via the Elements website using your email address (UserID) and member number (Password).

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Organic Geochemistry Division Announces Best Paper Award

March 31, 2018

The society's Organic Geochemistry Division recently restructured its Best Paper Award and accepted nominations for articles published in 2015. The OGD is now pleased to announce that the award will recognize the authors of, "Reappraisal of hydrocarbon biomarkers in Archean rocks" (PNAS May 12, 2015. 112 (19) 5915-5920). The meticulous work described in the paper was done by Katherine L. French, Christian Hallmann, Janet M. Hope, Petra L. Schoon, J. Alex Zumberge, Yosuke Hoshino, Carl A. Peters, Simon C. George, Gordon D. Love, Jochen J. Brocks, Roger Buick, and Roger E. Summons. In choosing the article, the selection committee commented that "There are few papers that have made such a profound contribution to this field."

The authors would like to acknowledge funding of this unique study by the Agouron Institute and, in particular, John Abelson and Mel Simon.

Learn more about the Best Paper Award

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Noah Planavsky Named 2018 F.W. Clarke Medalist

February 26, 2018

Noah Planavsky, Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University, will receive the 2018 F.W. Clarke Award this summer. 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. Planavsky is recognized for his work on mid-Proterozoic oxygen levels, as defined by his novel application of the chromium (Cr) isotope proxy. The award will be formally presented at the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference in Boston this August.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews
Tag: Awards

Stefan Schouten Named 2018 Alfred Treibs Medalist

February 26, 2018

Stefan Schouten, Senior Research Scientist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, will receive the 2018 Alfred Treibs Award this summer. Presented by the society's Organic Geochemistry Division, the award is given for major achievements, over a period of years, in organic geochemistry. Prof. Schouten is recognized for his unique contributions to organic geochemistry, paleoclimatology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, and microbiology, including particularly the development and application of new organic proxies.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews
Tag: Awards

Sigurður Reynir Gíslason Named 2018 C.C. Patterson Medalist

February 26, 2018

Sigurður Reynir Gíslason, research professor at the University of Iceland's Institute of Earth Sciences, will receive the 2018 Clair C. Patterson Award this summer. 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. Prof. Gíslason is recognized for his work on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and volcanic hazards.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews
Tag: Awards

Michael Arthur Named 2018 V.M. Goldschmidt Medalist

February 26, 2018

Michael A. Arthur, emeritus professor of geoscience at Pennsylvania State University, will receive the 2018 V. M. Goldschmidt Award this summer. 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. Prof. Arthur is recognized for his work on light element stable isotopes; major, minor, and trace elements; paleoceanography; and paleoclimatology. The award will be formally presented at the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference in Boston this August.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews
Tag: Awards

Position Opening: Executive Editor of GCA

February 19, 2018


The Geochemical Society and the Meteoritical Society are seeking qualified candidates to serve as Executive Editor (EE) of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (GCA). GCA publishes research papers that address fundamental aspects of geochemistry and cosmochemistry, and articles relating to key activities of the sponsoring societies.

The GCA EE is responsible for and has control over the scientific content of the journal, taking into account the aims and scope of the journal, the publisher's editorial policies, and guidance from the sponsoring societies. The duties of the EE are to oversee the editorial process, provide and defend final decisions on all manuscripts, establish editorial policies for the journal, and communicate with the scientific community both directly via authors and reviewers, and through the sponsoring societies and the publisher.

The EE works closely with a team of Associate Editors (AE) to evaluate the scientific content and perceived impact of submitted papers. An important responsibility of the EE is to identify, recruit, and nominate AEs as needed to sustain the editorial demands of the journal, for approval by the societies and the publisher. There are currently close to 90 AEs for GCA, all of whom receive complementary membership in the Geochemical Society. The EE is nominated by the societies to the journal's publisher, Elsevier. The EE manages GCA's editorial team, with assistance and support from Elsevier, in a scientifically sound, efficient and ethical way using Elsevier's online system for handling manuscript submissions, revisions, reviews, and communications with the authors. Duties include initial evaluation of manuscripts relative to the scope and standards of the journal, allocating manuscripts to Associate Editors, overseeing the review process, and providing final decisions regarding their acceptance or rejection. The journal receives over 1,000 new submissions per year, of which about half are accepted for publication.

The GCA EE is a leadership position in both of the sponsoring societies. The EE is a member of the Board of Directors of the Geochemical Society and is expected to participate in all activities of the Board. The EE also presents an overview of the state of the journal progress reports at the annual meetings and communications with members of both societies.

Financial support is available from the publisher. The appointment is for an initial 3-year term commencing 1 January 2019. Additional terms are possible by negotiation with the societies and the publisher.

To apply, please send a CV and letter of application to gca@geochemsoc.org. Questions about the selection process may also be sent to this address. All applications must be received by 15 April 2018.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews
Tag: GCA