I am happy to introduce Iain Samson, the Berry Medalist of the Mineralogical Association of Canada for 2008. Iain has served the Association as Finance chair for nine years. The financial health of the association underpins our efforts to publish and promote mineralogical science. Maintaining that health in the face of the pressures that a scientific association deals with today is no mean feat. Although Iain took over the position of finance chair at a time when the MAC Foundation was in reasonable shape, he also took over at a time when publishing costs were changing. The Canadian Mineralogist was...

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