Hobokenite wins Geochemistry medal!
We’ve all used the phrase: “This isn’t rocket science!,” but now Hoboken resident Nathan Yee, who’s a professor at Rutgers gives you a new one: “What do you want? A Geochemistry medal?”
Professor Awarded Houtermans Medal for Geochemistry
Nathan Yee, assistant professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been selected by the European Association for Geochemistry as the 2009 Houtermans’ medalist.
The European Association for Geochemistry awards the prestigious Houtermans’ Medal annually to a junior researcher (no more than 35 years of age) whose contributions to geochemistry are considered to be exceptional. The medal is scheduled to be presented at the Goldschmidt Conference in Davos, Switzerland, this summer. As the recipient, Yee is invited to present at a session of his choice during the conference.
“The Houtermans’ Medal was a complete surprise,” said Yee. “I’m humbled and deeply honored to receive this award.”
Yee’s research focuses on using microorganisms to reduce or mediate the toxicity of certain metals.
“Professor Yee’s work has social significance as well as being first-rate science,” noted Michael Carr, dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences within Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. “Nathan works on microbes that sequester metals, including toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury, which are major environmental hazards. His work could lead to significant benefits for public health.”
“We are so pleased that the European Association for Geochemistry has chosen Nathan Yee as this year’s recipient of the Houtermans’ Medal,” remarked Robert M. Goodman, executive dean of Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. “Nathan’s work as a young scientist is truly exceptional and deserving of this recognition.”
Yee received his bachelor’s degree in earth and planetary sciences from McGill University and his doctorate in geological sciences from the University of Notre Dame. He joined Rutgers–Newark’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2004 and moved to Rutgers–New Brunswick in 2006 with a joint appointment in the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Planetary and Earth Sciences. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed articles. Yee is a resident of Hoboken, New Jersey.