The Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America recognizes “…continued outstanding scientific contributions through original research in the mineralogical sciences by an individual in the midst of their career.” This year’s recipient, Bill Carlson, joins the prestigious group of previous medalists: George Rossman, Mike Hochella, Mark Ghiorso, and Jim Kirkpatrick. He is in the same intellectual league with these giants, and is a natural addition to that exclusive group on all accounts.

Of course, Bill had the benefit of a first-class education at storied NCAA powerhouses—B.S at Stanford (1974) and Ph.D. at UCLA (1980). Immediately recruited to the University...

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