The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) co-director, Professor Rodney Ewing, has been recognized as the 2023 recipient of the William B. Heroy Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to American Geosciences Institute (AGI) for his exceptional and beneficial long-term service to the institute.
A well-known and respected scientist with expertise in mineralogy, geochemistry, materials science, and nuclear materials, Professor Ewing has written extensively on issues related to nuclear waste and is a co-editor of Radioactive Waste Forms for the Future (1988) and Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste (2006). From 2012 to 2017, he was Chair of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.
Professor Ewing has had a range of engagements with AGI and several additional geoscience organizations. Most notably, he provided thoughtful leadership as AGI President in 2019. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a founding editor of the magazine Elements, and a past president of both the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) and the International Union of Materials Research Societies. He has served on the Boards of Directors for the Geochemical Society (GS) and the Gemological Institute of America. He is an active member of several scientific societies, including MSA, GS, the Geological Society of America, and the American Geophysical Union.
The Heroy Award is named after William B. Heroy Jr.'s exemplary service to AGI. Heroy's professional accomplishments were exceeded only by his love of geology and his commendable modesty in the face of such achievements.