Friends and colleagues, it is with great pleasure that I present Frank Spear as the recipient of this year’s Dana Medal, of the Mineralogical Society of America. I have been admonished to keep this citation to three minutes, so I’ve decided to tell you just three stories about Frank. You can think of them as “Lessons I’ve learned from Frank,” or, if this is what you aspire to, “How to become an award-winning metamorphic petrologist.”

You’re probably expecting science stories, but this one is about Popsicles1. As a kid, Frank hid half his popsicle inside a box of...

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