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



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.

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.

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 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.

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

Meet the Scientist: Fang Huang

March 24, 2019

Name: Fang Huang
Title: Professor of Geochemistry
Institution: University of Science and Technology of China
Place of residence: Hefei, Anhui, China


What kind of science do you do?
I am a geochemist. I want to understand how the Earth works and improve our environment using the knowledge of geochemistry.

Sylvie Derenne Named 2019 Alfred Treibs Medalist

March 06, 2019

Dr. Sylvie Derenne of CNRS and Sorbonne Université (France) will receive the 2019 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. Dr. Derenne  is recognized for her research on the selective preservation of algal cell walls to form kerogen and the hypothesis that carbonaceous chondrite organic matter derives from solar gases and dust. She will accept the award at the International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry (IMOG) in September.

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Don DePaolo Named 2019 V.M. Goldschmidt Medalist

February 28, 2019

Don DePaolo, Graduate Professor of Geochemistry and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), will receive the 2019 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. DePaolo is recognized for outstanding contributions to the development of new isotopic methods and their application to crust and mantle evolution, igneous and metamorphic petrology, ocean chemistry and reactive chemical transport. The award will be formally presented at the 2019 Goldschmidt Conference in Barcelona this August.

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Barbara Sherwood Lollar Named 2019 C.C. Patterson Medalist

February 28, 2019

Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University Professor at the University of Toronto (Canada), has been named the 2019 recipient of the Clair C. Patterson Award. 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. Dr. Sherwood Lollar has pioneered environmental geochemistry methods based on compound specific isotope analysis to detect and monitor the biodegradation of organic pollutants in water. These methods have reshaped the assessment of contaminated sites world-wide and have provided a molecular-level technique to improve the sustainability of water resources.

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