Mr. President, members of the Society of Economic Geologists, and guests: I am honored to have been selected to receive the Silver Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists. I wish to emphasize that this honor would not have been possible without having had a remarkable group of graduate students, post-docs, and collaborators to work with over the past 30 years. This honor belongs to them as well. I would like to thank one of those individuals, my former student and long-time friend John Mavrogenes, for his kind introduction.

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