President Carpenter, members of the society, and guests:

It is a special honor and pleasure to introduce to you today R. James Kirkpatrick, Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Illinois and the 2004 Dana medalist of the Mineralogical Society of America. The Dana Medal recognizes “continued outstanding scientific contributions through original research in the mineralogical sciences by an individual in the midst of his or her career.” It is hard to think of a mineralogist who meets these criteria as well as Jim.

Over the course of his career, Jim has been a scientific leader in...

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