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Tim Elliott selected as 2014 Gast Lecturer
The Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry are pleased to announce the selection of Tim Elliott, University of Bristol, as recipient of the 2014 Paul W. Gast Lecture. Dr. Elliott is a charismatic speaker who has most recently focused his research on constraining the timing and style of planetary accretion in the early solar system. The Gast Lectureship is awarded to a mid-career scientist for outstanding contributions to geochemistry, and his lecture will be presented as a plenary at the Goldschmidt2014 conference.
Geochemical Fellows to include Patterson and Science Innovation Awardees
The Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry are pleased to announce that all current and future recipients of the Geochemical Society's C.C. Patterson Award and the EAG's Science Innovation Award will also be named GS/EAG Geochemical Fellows. Past recipients who have not yet been named Geochemical Fellow will be presented with the honor during a ceremony at the Goldschmidt2014 conference. These honorees include Robert F. Anderson, Kenneth Bruland, R. Lawrence Edwards, William F. Fitzgerald , George W. Luther, III, Stefan Schouten, Jeffrey P. Severinghaus, and William Sunda for the Patterson Award, and Daniel Sigman and Kei Hirose for the Science Innovation Award.
Derek Vance appointed to G-cubed Editorial Board
Derek Vance (ETH Zürich), has recently accepted appointment to the Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (G-Cubed) Editorial Board. G-cubed is an online journal published by the American Geophysical Union in association with the Geochemical Society. Dr. Vance is a former GS director, and joins Thorsten Becker, Editor-in-Chief (USC), Janne Blichert-Toft (CNRS), and Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University).
2014 GSA Annual Meeting — Call for Proposals
Today is the deadline to submit topical session proposals for the 2014 GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC (Oct 19-22). Any individual or geoscience organization is welcome to suggest topics and submit proposals for both Topical Sessions and Pardee Keynote Symposia. Pardee Symposia are high-profile sessions on significant scientific developments, with invited speakers only. Topical Sessions are a combination of invited and volunteered papers. To help grow geochemical interest at the GSA annual meeting, please contact our liaison, Bill Hart if you would like GS to endorse your proposal.
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New in GCA (v.124, 15 December 2013)
The coralline red alga Lithophyllum kotschyanum f. affine as proxy of climate variability in the Yemen coast, Gulf of Aden (NW Indian Ocean)
Structural characterization by Raman hyperspectral mapping of organic carbon in the 3.46 billion-year-old Apex chert, Western Australia
Thermal and collisional history of Tishomingo iron meteorite: More evidence for early disruption of differentiated planetesimals
Reduction of jarosite by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 and secondary mineralization
Modeling microbial reaction rates in a submarine hydrothermal vent chimney wall
Reduction of selenite by cysteine in ionic media
A new pore-scale model for linear and non-linear heterogeneous dissolution and precipitation
R-chondrite bulk-chemical compositions and diverse oxides: Implications for parent-body processes
A transmission electron microscopy study of presolar spinel
Gas chemistry, boiling and phase segregation in a geothermal system, Hellisheidi, Iceland
The Paris meteorite, the least altered CM chondrite so far
Conference calendar February deadlines
Feb. 3: Japan Geoscience Union (Japan)
Feb. 3: Geological Association of Canada/Mineralogical Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Canada)
Feb. 8: Goldschmidt 2014 (USA)
Feb. 8: Microscopy & Microanalysis 2014 (USA)
Feb. 11: 23rd Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography (Canada)
Feb. 28: 21st General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA2014) (South Africa)
Feb. 7: 247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition (USA)
Conference organizers — be sure to add your conference to our conference calendar.
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2014 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications Open
NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 26th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will be held in three separate sessions in summer 2014 (June 16-20, July 14-18, and Aug. 11-15) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. The 2014 sessions will address planetary exploration missions needing power system trade-offs, including the use of solar electric vs. Multi-mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (MMRTG). The session in August will have a targeted focus on spacecraft power systems. Applications are due April 1, 2014. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov.
Supervolcano triggers recreated in X-ray laboratory
Scientists have reproduced the conditions inside the magma chamber of a supervolcano to understand what it takes to trigger its explosion. These rare events represent the biggest natural catastrophes on Earth except for the impact of giant meteorites. Using synchrotron X-rays, the scientists established that supervolcano eruptions may occur spontaneously, driven only by magma pressure without the need for an external trigger. The results are published in Nature Geosciences.
Sea floor map result stuns experts
The New Zealand Herald
New 3-D mapping has revealed remarkable features of a sprawling submerged ridge east of Auckland, New Zealand — a feat one scientist says is the undersea equivalent of Captain Cook mapping the coastline of New Zealand. Little was known about the Colville Ridge, stretching more than 200 kilometers towards Fiji, until a recent research voyage enabled marine geologists to map it in detail for the first time.
Geologists find diamond-producing rocks in Antarctica
For the first time ever, geologists working in Antarctica have found a type of rock that's known to bear diamonds — a discovery that could expose the polar continent to opportunistic prospectors. Called kimberlite, it's a volcanic rock that appears in vertical structures called kimberlite pipes — the single most important source of mined diamonds today.
Massive exoplanets may be more Earth-like than thought
e! Science News
Massive terrestrial planets, called "super-Earths," are known to be common in our galaxy, the Milky Way. Now a Northwestern University astrophysicist and a University of Chicago geophysicist report the odds of these planets having an Earth-like climate are much greater than previously thought.
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