Mr. President, members and guests:

Thank you for selecting me as the recipient of the 2001 MSA award; this is a great honor bestowed by a great organization. There are several awards for junior scientists in the earth sciences and all deserve respect, but the MSA award is special to me. It is one of the oldest and most full of tradition, and many of its recipients are my role models, colleagues, and friends. I am naturally honored to be added to their ranks. In fact, when I looked back at the list of previous recipients my only thought was...

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