Carnegie Alum Awarded Geological Society of America’s MGPV Early Career Award
The Geological Society of America has announced that they will present their Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division’s Early Career Award to Carnegie alum Xiao-Ming Liu in 2021.
The award recognizes exceptional early-career scientists who make high-impact contributions to the division’s four areas of study. Liu was selected for her multidisciplinary field-based studies of regolith, sedimentary rocks, and natural waters to study the effects of surface weathering on global geochemical and tectonic cycles.
Liu, who is now leading her own research team as an Assistant Professor of Geochemistry at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Science Geophysical Lab (now Earth and Planets Laboratory) from 2013-2015. Liu worked with Staff Scientists Robert Hazen and Anat Shahar to investigate the geochemical history of oxygen on Earth by using zinc and iron as tracer elements.
"I am thrilled to hear the news of the new recognition of Xiaoming Liu's brilliant work,” said Hazen, “She is a wonderful example of the ongoing success of Carnegie's postdocs."
The award will be presented at the next National GSA Meeting that will be held, conditions permitting, from October 10-13 in Portland, Oregon.