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Patricia M. Dove elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Posted: Monday, May 7th, 2012

Dr. Patricia M. Dove

Patricia M. Dove, the C.P. Miles Professor of Science, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences on May 1, 2012. Professor Dove is a member of the Department of Geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. Membership in the National Academy of Science is generally considered one of the highest scientific honors given in the United States. Members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. In total, 84 new members and 21 foreign associates were elected this year. With this election, three Virginia Tech faculty are part of the Academy, with one active and two emeritus members. Professor Dove will be inducted into the Academy next April during its 150th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The National Academy of Sciences, signed into existence by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is a non-profit, roughly 2600 member, private institution tasked with advising the government on issues relating to science, engineering, medicine, and technology.

Biological Mineralization

Dove's research focuses on the biogeochemistry of earth processes. Much of her work is directed at understanding biomineralization, the processes by which organisms form minerals within their tissues to produce bones and other skeletal structures. Her research is highly cross-disciplinary and her work in the kinetics and thermodynamics of mineral-water interactions has applications to understanding earth processes in diverse systems, including chemical oceanography, mineral weathering, rock fracture, and crystal growth.

Alumnus of Virginia Tech

Professor Dove is a member of the Department of Geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. She grew up in Bedford, Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate and M.S. degrees. After completing her Ph.D. at Princeton University, she studied as a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Following seven years as a professor at Georgia Tech, Dove came to Virginia Tech in 2000 with her husband, Joseph Dove, and their two children.

As the recipient of the Georgia Tech CETL Teaching Excellence Award, Dove is also a highly regarded teacher. Dove is the recipient of the F.W. Clarke Medal, and has twice received the Department of Energy Best University Research Award. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society, the European Association of Geochemists, and the Mineralogical Society of America.

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