Patricia Dove, University Distinguished Professor and C.P. Miles Professor of Geoscience in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, recently received the Dana Medal from the Mineralogical Society of America.

Dove, who was inducted into the National Academy of Science in April 2013, received the award Dec. 10 at the American Geophysical Union meeting.

The Dana Medal recognizes sustained scientific contributions through original research in the mineralogical sciences by an individual in the midst of his or her career.

Dove is considered one of today’s pre-eminent geochemists making major contributions to research in the biogeochemistry of Earth processes, biomineralization, and geochemical controls on geophysical properties. 

In addition to the Dana Medal, she has received the Geochemical Society’s Clarke Medal in 1996, and has twice been selected for the Department of Energy’s Best University Research Award. She’s a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Dove earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 2000.

Previous winners of the Dana Medal from Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences include University Distinguished Professor Michael Hochella in 2002, and Ross Angel (now at the University of Padua) in 2011.



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