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Elements: Layered Intrusions

December 19, 2017

For more than 50 years, layered mafic-ultramafic intrusions have served as natural laboratories for studying magma chamber processes and magmatic differentiation. Further enhancing our understanding of layered intrusion formation will yield valuable insights into the solidification of magmatic systems, the formation of precious metal deposits, and the timescales over which substantial crust-forming episodes occur. This issue of Elements offers an overview of the current state-of-the art in the petrology of layered intrusions and a looks forward to the future challenges in the field.

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

Three New Members Elected to GS Board

December 18, 2017

(New board members, from left: Vickie Bennett, Weidong Sun, and Lesley Warren)

The membership of the GS elected three new members to the Board of Directors this month. Vickie Bennett of the Australian National University will begin a two-year term as vice president. Lesley Warren of the University of Toronto will serve as a director from Region 1 and Weidong Sun of the Chinese Academy of Sciences will serve as a director from Region 3. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2018. More information about the board and its role in governing the society can be found on this page.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Call for Nominations: Goldschmidt Special Lectures

October 31, 2017

The GS is seeking nominations from the community for three lectures to be presented next August at Goldschmidt2018. 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 includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth's surface. The nominations deadline for all three lectures is Jan. 15, 2018.

Learn more about the Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture

Learn more about the Ingerson Lecture

Learn more about the Berner Lecture

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Elements: Mineral Resources and Sustainability

October 13, 2017

Mineral resources are a vital part of any economy, modern or ancient. Since the birth of civilization, man has used these resources for pigments, metals, glasses, ceramics, cements and much more. The media has recently suggested there is a crisis looming over finding mineral resources, including critical metals. Centered on the sustainability of mineral resources, themes addressed in this issue include customer–supplier relationships, exploration, recycling and the circular economy, and environmental post-mining impacts. The broad range of topics embraced by this issue – formation of mineral deposits, minerals engineering, and environmental and societal impacts – will provide readers a better understanding of the large-scale economic, historical and educational aspects of mineral resources.

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

Goldschmidt2018 Call for Sessions

September 21, 2017

The Goldschmidt Conference has become the most important forum for the discussion of recent results in geochemistry and related fields, and we hope to maintain that tradition with another excellent program in 2018. The science committee and theme leaders have identified 14 broad themes, and the entire geochemistry community is now invited to submit suggestions for sessions through November 1. Get started by reviewing the submission instructions.

Elements: Boron: Light and Lively

September 01, 2017

Boron is an essential constituent of nearly 300 minerals in the Earth's crust and mantle. It provides a unique indicator for deciphering Earth's 4.6 billion-year evolution from a molten mass in the proto Solar System into a vibrant planet that sustains life. Boron allows scientists to peer into the complex dynamics of subduction zones, to trace paleoclimatic conditions and atmospheric CO2, and to understand how the essential building blocks of life (e.g. RNA) could form in the hostile environments of the early Earth. But, boron isn't just valuable for scientific pursuits, it also finds practical applications in glass and ceramics, detergents, fertilizers, and nuclear reactors among others. The articles in this issue provide a fascinating glimpse into the many and varied roles played by this light but important element.

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

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

GS Endorses Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences

June 15, 2017

Research groups in planetary and space sciences are now emerging in Africa, but remain scattered and underfunded. To elevate planetary and space science across the entire African continent, a group of researchers is developing the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences. It will involve coordinated actions with international partners for training M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, for developing locally-based scientific facilities, and for the progressive integration of the fascinating discoveries about our solar system into university curricula.

The identified benefits of education and research programs in these fields and the call for endorsement of this initiative are presented in two articles published this week in EOS:
https://eos.org/opinions/africa-initiative-for-planetary-and-space-sciences
https://eos.org/features/the-state-of-planetary-and-space-sciences-in-africa

In May, the GS Board of Directors voted to endorse the initiative along with AGU, EAG, and many other societies. Learn more at https://africapss.org.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Board of Directors Nominations Now Open

June 09, 2017

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, 2018. 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

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 the U.S. or Canada (Region 1) 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 Sept. 15, 2017. 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.

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

Elements: Rock and Mineral Coatings: Records of Climate Change, Pollution, and Life

May 31, 2017

Coatings result from the wide variety of reactions and/or processes that occur at the interface between the lithosphere and the biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Such coatings are biochemically, mineralogically, and isotopically complex and have the potential to record changes in their immediate environment. The transition between a coating and its underlying host is abrupt and defined by a sharp interface at the nanoscale. Articles in this issue highlight new and exciting research in the field of coatings, focusing on coatings formed in deserts, soils, sediments, oceans, and on rocks from Mars.

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

Author: Kevin Johnson
Category: GNews

2016 Report to Our Members

April 19, 2017

Read the 2016 Report to Our Members

The GS is pleased to present this report summarizing the annual activities of the society for 2016. 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