Friends and Colleagues:

It’s a terrific honor to receive MSA’s Medal for Public Service, especially with my close friends and collaborators Russell Hemley and Nancy Ross standing beside me. I am keenly aware of the extraordinary contributions of previous winners of this medal, and I accept this award in the spirit of a challenge to attempt to live up to their efforts.

Indeed, we are all challenged by the need to communicate what we do to a broader audience: to the general non-specialist audience to be sure, but also within the Earth sciences community. We all know that mineralogy and...

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