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Patricia M. Dove annnounced as a Virginia Outstanding Scientist

Posted: Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Dr. Patricia M. Dove

Patricia M. Dove, the C.P. Miles Professor of Science, has been announced as one of "Virginia's Outstanding Scientists 2013". Professor Dove is a member of the Department of Geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, and was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

"I am honored to recognize Virginia's top science talents for 2013," said Governor McDonnell. "This year's outstanding scientists are known worldwide for their contributions in predicting forest development, growth and yield, and for becoming the world's foremost expert in the field of biomineralization."

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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. On May 1, 2012 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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