Mr. President, members of the society, and guests:

I begin these brief remarks by expressing sincere thanks to the Mineralogical Society of America for awarding me the Distinguished Service Medal for the year 2000. I greatly appreciate this honor.

Public service and the public’s understanding of science are extremely important matters. After all, how can we expect the public to support our work if there is not some semblance of understanding “out there” of what we do and why we do it? Over my career, I have been fortunate to have been employed by two organizations that place great importance...

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