Thank you, President Carpenter and the members of the Mineralogical Society of America, and my thanks to Ian for his kind and generous introduction.

I am deeply honored to be designated a recipient of the Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America. The award is named in respect of the accomplishments of two of the most distinguished American scientists of the nineteenth century: James Dwight Dana, a naturalist of extraordinary observational perception and arguably the first scientist to study volcanic eruptions, and his son, Edward Salsbury Dana, who with his father systematized the study of minerals and effectively invented...

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