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Archive – February 2013

The 2013 Carnegie Mellon Dickson prize has been awarded to Geosciences professor François Morel. Morel will receive this award for his contributions to understanding the biological and chemical processes that influence marine ecosystems.
Grad student Hejun Zhu has been named one of the recipients of the Chinese Government award for outstanding students aboard. Since 2003, the Chinese government has been awarding students who are able to study in a foreign country on their own accord.
A rare and long-sought-after silver mineral has been discovered in the Gem and Mineral Collection of the Department of Geosciences. Luca Bindi, Professor of Mineralogy and Crystallography at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Florence, Italy, discovered the sample of aguilarite (Ag4SeS) in the collection during an autumn 2012 visit to Princeton.
The Department of Geosciences congratulates Professor Blair Schoene for receiving the 2013 F.W. Clarke award from the Geochemical Society.
Feb. 5 – Four large-scale science applications (VPIC, PPM, QMCPACK and SPECFEM3DGLOBE) have sustained performance of 1 petaflop or more on the Blue Waters supercomputer, and the Weather Research & Forecasting (WRF) run on Blue Waters is the largest WRF simulation ever documented. These applications are part of the NCSA Blue Waters Sustained Petascale Performance (SPP) suite and represent valid scientific workloads.
COLLOQUIUM: "Seismic Imaging and Inversion Based on Spectral-Element and Adjoint Methods" - Professor Jeroen Tromp, The Department of Geosciences, Princeton University. TIME and LOCATION: February 6, 2013, 4:15pm to 5:30pm Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, MBG Auditorium.
The Chinese New Year is upon us this month, so here we present one of the very few Chinese specimens in the collection – a Buddha carving crafted out of the mineral realgar (arsenic sulfide, As4S4. The name is from Arabic "rahj al-gar" meaning “powder of the mine.”)