2010 Awards and News
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Professor Bill Dietrich received the 2011 Arthur Holmes Union Medal and Honorary Membership to the European Union of Geoscience. This is one of the three equally-ranked most prestigious awards made by the Union, which \"are reserved for scientists who have achieved exceptional international standing in Solid Earth Geosciences, defined in their widest senses, for their merit and their scientific achievements\".
Professor Michael Manga has been awarded the Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal of the European Geosciences Union. This medal has been established to honor outstanding scientists whose work is related to
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology and Volcanology. Michael will receive the award and has been invited to give a medal lecture at the General Assembly of the Union in Vienna, next April.
Professor Jillian Banfield has accomplished the rather amazing feat of being recognized with two major awards in a single day. She will receive two prestigious awards – the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science and the L-Oréal-UNESCO \\\"For Women in Science\\\" award – for her groundbreaking work on how microbes alter rocks and interact with the natural world. Both awards were announced today (Tuesday, Nov. 9) in Philadelphia and New York, respectively.
The NRC recently completed the ranking of doctoral programs relying on thorough consideration of various characteristics that contribute to overall quality. Using a weighting of these characteristics based on a faculty survey and when ranked specifically on research activity, our department comes out as one of the two top Earth Science programs in the country.
President Obama announced his intent to nominate BIE Faculty Director, Prof. Inez Fung, to serve on the Committee for the National Medal of Science. The Committee on the National Medal of Science was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. The fourteen-member Committee on the National Medal of Science is responsible to select from the nominations a recommendation to the President for the final awarding decision.
Professor Jim Bishop studies how plankton turnover contributes to the global carbon cycle. The process is critical to understanding and predicting present and future levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and Professor Jim Bishop has developed a fully autonomous phytoplankton sampling robot to help understand and predict present and future levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. See full article in Letters & Science online magazine, ScienceMatters.
The graduate program of Earth and Planetary Science Department was ranked 3rd place by US News & World Report. Our department came in 3rd just after tied for first place California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts. To gather peer opinion data, US World News & Report asked deans, program directors, and senior faculty to judge the academic quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding. EPS received a score of 4.7.
Professor Hans-Rudolf Wenk was awarded the Abraham-Gottlob-Werner-Medaille in Silver for 2010. The Abraham-Gottlob-Werner Medal is the highest honor of the German Mineralogical Society. It is given in recognition of outstanding mineralogical research (in Silver).
The German Mineralogical Society (DMG) was founded in 1908 and today has about 1300 members, who mostly are employed in universities, research institutions, and a variety of business companies. The DMG promotes the science of mineralogy in all its branches in research and teaching. To this purpose it sponsors scientific meetings, workshops and short courses, and is the co-publisher of three journals and magazines.