Madam President, Officers, and Councilors of MSA, Members and Fellows of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geological Society of America, Ladies, and Gentlemen, it is a great pleasure for me to present my former Ph.D. student, Thomas Patrick Trainor, to receive the 2009 MSA Award. Tom’s work at Stanford University as a graduate student, at GSECARS (University of Chicago) as a post-doctoral fellow, and in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, as a young faculty member has led to a new understanding of mineral surfaces and their interactions with aqueous environments. I...

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