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Prof. Harry Green is 2003 Faculty Research Lecturer

Earth Science's Harry Green is 2003 Faculty Research Lecturer

(May 23, 2002)

Harry Green II, professor of earth sciences, is the recipient of the 2003 Faculty Research Lecturer award, the Academic Senate at the University of California, Riverside announced on Thursday, May 23. Each year, the senate chooses a renowned scholar to be named Faculty Research Lecturer.

Green came to UCR in 1993 as Professor of Geology and Geophysics in the department of earth sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP). Green has served as director of the IGPP (1993-1995) and as Vice Chancellor for Research (1995-2000). He has been a Distinguished Professor of Geology and Geophysics in Earth Sciences and IGPP since 1999.

"The department of earth science is delighted that Harry has won this award," said Prof. Michael Woodburne, chair of the department. "It's entirely appropriate, we all think. Harry is an internationally respected researcher on deep focus earthquake origins and mechanisms."

During his tenure at UCR, Green made significant contributions to the study of how earth materials behave under varying conditions of pressure, temperature, and stress within the paradigm of plate tectonics. His research has focused on the study of the sample of the mantle brought to the surface through such processes as volcanic eruptions.

Green's work on the mechanisms of deep earthquakes has also answered a long-standing question in earth sciences. He has shown that deep earthquakes are caused by a thermodynamically unstable phase transition, rather than the traditional shear failure seen with shallower events. His more recent work on samples of the earth's crust that have been subducted to depths of 300 km or more and then returned to the surface is challenging long-held models of subduction (i.e., return of crustal materials into the mantle).

Colleagues have recognized Green's excellence in scholarship through his many invited lectures at major research universities both in the United States and abroad. The recipient of several national and international honors, Green was also elected as Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America (1990), of the American Geophysical Union (1995), and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1996). He also received the Bowen Award from the American Geophysical Union in 1994 for single outstanding contribution in volcanology, petrology, or mineralogy in the previous 5 years.

Green's efforts to encourage research have reached beyond his own laboratory. In 1994, he successfully led an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental group in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences to establish a state-of-the-art Analytical Electron Microscope Facility and now serves as the director of that facility. The facility makes available unique tools for scientists in the life and physical sciences. It provides equipment to image surfaces down to the atomic scale to scientists as diverse as orthopedic surgeons doing research on artificial joints to tectonophysicists studying the mechanics of faulting.

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