GSA Honorary Fellow Award
The GSA Honorary Fellow Award is presented to an international geoscientist who has distinguished him- or herself in geoscience investigations, promoting environmental awareness, linking science and society, providing notable service to implementing public policy in natural resource managements, or otherwise making outstanding contributions to science. The program was established by the GSA Council in 1909, and since then, except during a few war years, one or more Honorary Fellows have been elected annually. The Council of the Society encourages the membership to submit names of qualified candidates for this honor. In preparing a nomination, it is imperative that the original research and scientific advances of the candidate be stressed.
Deadline for Honorary Fellow Nominations: 1 Feb.
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
Augusto Neri received his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pisa and his PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology of Chicago. Since 2003 he has been the Research Director in physical volcanology at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy, and full professor of Volcanology and Earth Physics since 2014. He has been Director of the Volcanoes Department of INGV since 2016.
Neri's scientific career has been focused on the development and application of original multiphase flow models of volcanic processes and phenomena, particularly pyroclastic density currents, volcanic plumes, ash dispersal and deposition and conduit flow. Neri has also contributed to the quantitative assessment of volcanic hazards and risks at Italian and foreign volcanoes such as Vesuvio, Campi Flegrei, Etna, Mt. St. Helens, Soufriere Hills of Montserrat, Eyjafjallajökull, and Santorini, La Soufriere of Guadeloupe.
He is author of more than 90 scientific papers and has been the PI of many international and national projects in these fields. In 2017 he was awarded the Sergey Soloviev Medal of EGU for his pioneering research in modelling volcanic processes and his effort worldwide to mitigate explosive eruption risks.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Zvi Garfunkel was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1938. He survived the Holocaust and immigrated to Israel in 1948. He is married and has one daughter.
Garfunkel earned a Ph.D. in geology in 1970 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 1972, he has been a member of the faculty of the Institute of Earth Sciences there (full professor in 1986; emeritus since 2007). From 1988 to 2007, he served as the R. Kravis Chair in geology. He also served as president of the Geological Society of Israel. He was member of the academic board of Azrieli, the Jerusalem College of Engineering, from 2000 to 2006. In 2006, Garfunkel was awarded the EMET prize for Science, Art, and Culture, which was bestowed upon him by the Prime Minister of Israel.
Garfunkel’s research dealt with major geologic, mainly tectonic and geodynamic, processes. He contributed to the early study of the retreat of subducted slabs (roll-back or retrograde subduction) and its importance for mantle circulation. Most of his work focused on processes that shaped the Middle East and adjacent basins, and he has been first author or co-author on more than 100 refereed papers.
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