President Heaney, MSA Members, and guests:

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America Award for 2008, Jimi Badro.

James Badro started with a physics background (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. At that time, Professors Philippe Gillet and Francis Albarède ran a very successful outreach program called “Geophysics and Geochemistry for Physicists,” that converted Jimi to a mineral physicist. James wrote a series of papers establishing the theoretical basis for the new expanding field of pressure-induced mineral amorphization, including the prediction of fivefold-coordinated silica intermediate phase...

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