Fellow mineralogists, I am honored to introduce Karim Benzerara of the IMPMC (Institut de Minéralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condensés), University of Paris 6–7, as the 2012 MSA Award winner. Karim is receiving this award for his exceptional contributions to our understanding of mineral-microbe interactions and biomineralization. He has accomplished this using a combination of transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron-based scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM), the application of which Karim has pioneered in the Earth Sciences, and an uncanny knack for choosing important geobiology problems that require nanoscale solutions.

Karim completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of Paris 7...

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