Madame President, Members of the Society, and honored guests:

It’s a great pleasure to introduce Robert M. Hazen, the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Public Service Medal of the MSA. Trained as a crystallographer/mineralogist and former MSA Award winner, councilor, distinguished lecturer, and President of the Society, Bob has had and continues to have an extraordinary career in the mineral sciences. Here we honor him for his remarkable Public Service as a communicator of science and for advancing public knowledge and appreciation of science.

Along with being a Senior Staff scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory, Bob is a Clarence J....

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