MHC professor’s transformative paper lauded

“My own most interesting research directions have come from students, including work on mineral-microbe interactions and in the field of machine learning,” said Dyar in her 2016 G.K. Gilbert Award acceptance speech.

By Xiomara Núñez ’20

The application of mineralogy to understand the rock formations and ocean floor changes has generated successful results.

Darby Dyar, who is the Kennedy-Schelkunoff Professor of Astronomy and chair of the astronomy department at Mount Holyoke College, received the 2017 Hawley Medal from the Mineralogical Association of Canada for the best paper published last year in its journal, Canadian Mineralogist.

Dyar has received numerous recognition for her accomplishments, including being named a fellow of the Geological Society of America this fall. She won the society’s prestigious G.K. Gilbert Award in 2016.

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