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President's Letter | January 2008

head_mgoldhaber.jpg: Marty Goldhaber (2008-09 GS President)
Marty Goldhaber
GS President (2008-09)

I am writing this letter during my first month as President of the Geochemical Society. Since I first joined in 1971, my affiliation with the society has greatly benefited me both professionally and personally and I am honored to be serving in this office.. Over the last several years, it has been my good fortune to spend quality time discussing GS issues with an impressive group of past Presidents; Judy McKenzie, Tim Drever and my immediate predecessor, Sue Brantley. Along with the past and present board members, they have been passionate about our society, and the field of geochemistry is much the better for the many positive accomplishments during their tenures. I really hope that working with our current Board of Directors and with all the members of our Society, we can find ways to build on what the previous GS leadership has done, and continue to find ways to encourage research, education and outreach in the field of geochemistry. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how to improve our Society to best to serve our scientific community. I invite you to take advantage of our completely revamped web site (http://www.geochemsoc.org/). You can also expect some exciting new communication tools in the coming months. I hope you will find them as useful new ways to network, and continue to get value from your membership in the GS.

There is no doubt that our field is moving forward dramatically, making it an especially remarkable time to be a geochemist. Powerful new geophysical and isotopic tools provide insights into the evolution and operation of our home planet and extraterrestrial exploration is producing astonishing geochemical data that allow fresh insights into the evolution of the cosmos. Increasingly, the earth’s near surface environment has become a worldwide concern. We live today in what some have called the Anthropocene-a, new geologic epoch in which humankind has emerged as a force that is capable of reshaping the face of the planet. Geochemistry is at the heart of understanding how we can monitor, control, and adapt to these rapid changes to our environment.

The swiftly growing scope of the geochemical enterprise makes it crucial to stay abreast of developments in the field. What better way to stay in touch than to attend the annual Goldschmidt Conference. Goldschmidt 2008 in Vancouver promises to be one of the best ever. Dominique Weis and the International Program Committee have done a fabulous job of putting together a meeting featuring a spectacular venue coupled with an extraordinary scientific program. Please look at the advertisement in this issue and visit the conference web site (http://www.goldschmidt2008.org). There is still time to get the early registration rate. I am looking forward to seeing you in Vancouver.

Finally, I want to extend a special thanks to Sue Brantley. I have watched with real admiration her stewardship of the Geochemical Society. Sue’s accomplishments for the Geochemical Society have left a remarkable framework upon which we may grow.