Chinese Geochemist Wins 2014 Houtermans Medal

Professor Qin Liping, a Chinese geochemist, has won the 2014 Houtermans Medal from the European Association of Geochemistry.

Asian Scientist (Jan. 27, 2014) – Qin Liping, a professor of geochemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), has won the 2014 Houtermans Medal from the European Association of Geochemistry. She is the first Chinese to receive this prize.

The Houtermans award recognizes a single exceptional contribution to geochemistry by a scientist no more than 35 years of age or within six years of having earned a PhD. The prize is named in honor of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist.

After completing her undergraduate degree at USTC, Qin earned a PhD degree from the University of Chicago in 2007. She carried out postdoctoral research stints at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC under a Carnegie Fellowship, followed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

In 2012, she was recruited to start a laboratory at USTC under China’s National Thousand Talent Program. At USTC, Qin’s research lab focuses on understanding planetary formation and differentiation in the early solar system, as well as the astronomical environments of solar system formation inferred from nucleosynthetic anomalies preserved in meteorites. Her more recent research also involves employing nontraditional isotope systems to trace biological and other processes relating to the earth’s surface.

Qin’s publications have appeared in international scientific journals such as Science, Geochimica Cosmochimica et Acta, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, and Nature Geoscience.

She will receive the award at the Goldschmidt Conference in Sacramento, California, US, this June.


Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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