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The 2013 Galileo Circle Fellows

Two distinguished faculty members of the University of Arizona College of Science have been named as 2013 Galileo Circle Fellows, one of the highest honors bestowed upon faculty in the College.

2013 Galileo Circle Fellows (left to right) Jeanne E. Pemberton and George E. Gehrels.

These awards, established through the generosity of Galileo Circle members, recognize outstanding accomplishments in academic scholarship.  Each Fellow receives $5,000 and lifetime membership in the Galileo Circle. Galileo Circle Fellows are the epitome of the academic scholar, with a deep understanding over a broad range of science, a willingness to think in a truly interdisciplinary way, and an ability to inspire colleagues and students alike.

George E. Gehrels
Professor of Geosciences

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Professor Gehrels has revolutionized the field of geosciences through the development and application of uranium-lead dating of zircons, a technique widely used by geoscientists to date rocks.  The geochronologic information obtained allows scientists to reconstruct ancient uplift and erosion patterns and understand burial histories of rocks.  Dr. Gehrels runs the most productive geochronology laboratory in the world, the Arizona Laserchron Center, attracting students and researchers from around the globe. He also is equally well regarded for his work in tectonics having made significant contributions to understanding the key processes of mountain formation.  In addition to being a generous collaborator and the recipient of a number of distinguished teaching awards, he is an extraordinary campus leader in involving undergraduate students in research.

Jeanne E. Pemberton
Regents' Professor and John and Helen Schaefer Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professor Pemberton is internationally recognized for her seminal research on the characterization of surfaces and interfaces using a variety of molecular spectroscopic techniques, most notably, vibrational spectroscopy. She was one of the first investigators to discover how spectroscopic technologies can be used to study how molecules organize themselves on metal, semiconductor, and oxide surfaces, findings that have transformed our understanding of how matter organizes itself in technological platforms ranging from fuel cell electrodes to organic light emitting diodes and solar cells.  Importantly, her research has been applied broadly across many disciplines, and she has an extensive network of collaborators.  Dr. Pemberton has received numerous honors for her scholarly achievements including awards for Special Creativity from the National Science Foundation, and she was recently named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Association.

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