Presidential Address:
Sunday, 4 Nov., 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Awards Ceremony:
Monday, 5 Nov., 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Gold Medal Lectures:
Monday, 5 Nov., 2–3:30 p.m.

Presidential Address, Awards Ceremony & Gold Medal Lectures

George DavisPresidential Address

Sunday, 4 Nov., 12:15–1:15 p.m.


Watch Davis deliver the 2012 Presidential Address

Watch Geissman award the President's Medal to Bill McKibben

GSA President George H. Davis will deliver his Presidential Address, Where Our Deepest Passions Intersect the World’s Compelling Needs.

Past President John W. Geissman will present the 2012 President’s Medal to William Ernest “Bill” McKibben, environmentalist, author, and journalist. Later, at 3 p.m., McKibben will lecture on Getting Serious about Climate Change,” followed by a book signing at the GSA Headquarters area in the exhibit hall.


GSA Gold Medals
Awards Ceremony

Monday, 5 Nov., 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Please join GSA’s President George H. Davis and GSA’s Vice President Suzanne Mahlburg Kay to honor and greet the GSA medal and award recipients for 2012.


Raymond A. Price John M. Eiler Katharine W. Huntington
Raymond A. Price
Penrose Medal
John M. Eiler
Day Medal
Katharine W. Huntington
Young Scientist Award
(Donath Medal)
Gold Medal Lectures

Monday, 5 Nov., 2–3:30 p.m.

Immediately following the awards presentation, please be sure to attend the GSA Gold Medal Lectures for the opportunity to hear the 2012 Penrose, Day, and Donath medalists reflect on their scientific careers.


Raymond A. Price, professor emeritus at Queen's University, has been named GSA’s 2012 Penrose Medalist in recognition of his eminent research in pure geology and for outstanding original contributions that mark a major advance in the science of geology; namely, his detailed, accurate, and comprehensive characterization and mapping of the geometry of the Canadian Cordilleran thrust belt, which has served as the global archetype for the understanding of the kinematics, mechanics, and dynamics of thrust belts elsewhere. As noted by nominator Tekla Harms of Amherst College, "With a breadth of vision equaled by few, Price has been able to integrate the geology of the thrust belt with the evolution of the Canadian Cordillera as a whole, in all its complexity." Supporting nominator Ron M. Clowes of the University of British Columbia adds, "In my view, Ray is the undisputed authority on the origin and evolution of the Canadian Rocky Mountains."

John M. Eiler of the California Institute of Technology has been awarded the Arthur L. Day Medal for his "leadership in the field of isotope geochemistry, including innovative theoretical, analytical, and empirical contributions to understanding processes of isotope ordering and exchange, and applications to fundamental questions in geoscience," writes nominator John W. Valley of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eiler is perhaps best known for his 1992 "fast grain boundary diffusion model," which supporting nominator E. Bruce Watson of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute writes, "is a significant contribution by any measure and a truly remarkable one for a graduate student."

Katharine W. Huntington of the University of Washington has earned the Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) and a cash prize of $10,000 for her extraordinary contributions to the application of geomorphological, geochemical, and geochronological observations to tectonic problems. Nominator John M. Eiler of the California Institute of Technology writes that within two years of starting her post-doctoral work, Huntington "had completed one of the most innovative and noteworthy recent studies to use stable isotope methods to perform paleoaltitude reconstructions and worked herself into a position with high visibility and impact in what was, for her, a new field." Supporting nominator Brian Wernicke of the California Institute of Technology adds that Huntington's "young career has demonstrated a mastery of new and difficult analytical methods on one hand, and a geologic intuition for applying them to important problems on the other."