Michael Hochella Named 2021 C.C. Patterson Medalist

February 09, 2021

Michael Hochella will receive the 2021 Clair C. Patterson Award, which 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. Hochella is a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a University Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) at Virginia Tech (USA). He is recognized for his research on environmental nanoparticles that resulted in the discovery of heretofore unknown nanocrystalline Magnéli-phase titanium suboxides in coal ash spilled in North Carolina. He and his co-workers carried out toxicological studies of these nanoparticles, which revealed their high toxicity to humans.

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Mark Torres Named 2021 F.W. Clarke Medalist

February 09, 2021

Mark Albert Torres, Assistant Professor at Rice University (USA) will receive the 2021 F.W. Clarke Award this July. 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. Torres is recognized for his work on the geochemistry of the Earth’s surface focused on interactions between the hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and the crust.

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New Members Join GS Board

January 15, 2021

(New board members, from left: Cin-Ty Lee and Liping Zhou)

The membership of the GS elected two new members to the Board of Directors in December. Cin-Ty Lee of Rice University will serve as a director from Region 1 and Liping Zhou of Peking University will serve as a director from Region 3. More information about the board and its role in governing the society can be found on this page.

Karen Casciotti Named 2020 John Hayes Award Recipient

December 14, 2020

Karen L. Casciotti, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford University (USA), will receive the third 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. Casciotti is recognized for innovative research on the marine nitrogen cycle.

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Call for Nominations: Goldschmidt Special Lectures

December 10, 2020

The GS is seeking nominations from the community for three lectures to be presented next July at Goldschmidt2021. The F. Earl Ingerson Lecture is open to any geochemical topic with broad appeal. The Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture recognizes a prominent scientist who is making cutting-edge field-based measurements or laboratory measurements on field samples in biogeochemistry. The lecture honoring Robert Berner (presented jointly with EAG) includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth's surface. The nominations deadline for all three lectures is Jan. 8, 2021.

Learn more about the Berner Lecture

Learn more about the Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture

Learn more about the Ingerson Lecture

Town Hall: Mentoring in Geochemistry

November 18, 2020

The Geochemical Society is pleased to announce our second town hall on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics: Mentoring in Geochemistry--A tool for creating more inclusive and equitable environments. Join us on Thursday, December 3 from 4:00 - 5:30pm EST for an online discussion open to the entire geochemistry community.  Learn more

Elements: Noble Gas Thermochronology

October 26, 2020

Noble-gas thermochronology takes advantage of (1) the time-dependent production of noble gases and (2) the thermally activated diffusion of these gases in minerals to constrain the temperature histories of crustal rocks. This issue highlights how noble-gas thermochronology has been used to address questions across Earth and planetary science, as well as what new avenues of research noble-gas thermochronology could be used for in the future.

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

Member Registration for GSA and AGU

August 21, 2020



Geochemical Society members receive the discounted member registration rates for both the GSA 2020 Connects Online and the AGU Fall Meeting. Your GS member number/customer ID is required to receive the discounted rates. You can find your 6-digit number in your online profile. You can also contact the business office for assistance.

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Kai-Uwe Hin­richs Named 2020 Alfred Treibs Medalist

August 13, 2020

Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hin­richs, Pro­fessor of Or­ganic Geo­chem­istry in the De­part­ment of Geosciences/​MARUM, Uni­versity of Bre­men, Ger­many will receive the 2020 Alfred Treibs Award. Presented by the society's Organic Geochemistry Division, the award is given for major achievements, over a period of years, in organic geochemistry. Prof. Dr. Hin­richs is recognized for illuminating the interactions between microbes and elucidating microbial processes that impact the solid Earth, over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.

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Elements: Lithium: Less is More

August 07, 2020

Lithium was created during the Big Bang at about 13.8 Ga. Lithium is concentrated in Earth's upper continental crust and in 124 mineral species, the greatest mineralogical diversity being found in pegmatites. Lithium occurs naturally in two isotopes, 6Li and 7Li, which are readily fractionated, thus becoming sensitive to geological and environmental processes. Closed-basin brines (58%) and pegmatites plus related granites (26%) constitute the main sources of exploitable lithium worldwide. Life as we know it at the start of the 21st century would not be possible without lithium as it is used in a myriad of applications ranging from lithium-ion batteries to medicine.

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