Ladies, gentlemen, colleagues and friends:

It is with the sincerest appreciation and not insignificant degree of humility that I accept the 2007 Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America. I was, to say the least, flabbergasted when I received a telephone call from Bob Hazen back in the Fall of 2005 informing me that I had been chosen to receive this medal. I have always considered the Mineralogical Society of America to be my intellectual “home,” if you will, and there are even intellectual ties between James Dana and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. So it is indeed an honor to...

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