Schlumberger Award for groundbreaking earth scientist

A pioneering researcher from the University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences has been named as the 2017 recipient of a prestigious award.
Maggie Cusack, Professor of Biomineralisation at the University’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, will officially be presented with the Mineralogical Society’s Schlumberger Award at an event next year.
The Mineralogical Society has presented the Schlumberger Award once a year since 1990 ‘to recognize scientific excellence in mineralogy and its applications’. The award is sponsored by Schlumberger Cambridge Research.
Professor Cusack’s nomination for the medal reflects her innovative, impactful and interdisciplinary work in the field of biomineral research at the University of Glasgow. Her varied research interests have led to important work on generating novel bone therapies for the world’s ageing population and quantifying the effect of ocean acidification on the shells of marine organisms.
Her reputation as a multidisciplinary scientist has led to invitations to present her work at many international conferences, and recognition from learned societies including a fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 and the 2008 Scottish Science Award from the Saltire Society.
Professor Cusack’s nomination papers, prepared by several of her colleagues in both the UK and the USA, also highlight the quality of training that members of her research team receive; many previous researchers have gone onto find success in academia, industry and government.
Professor Cusack said: “I’m honoured to be the latest recipient of the Schlumberger Award and I’m very much looking forward to officially picking up the award next year. This is an opportunity to thank my collaborators across many disciplines who are willing to step out of the comfort zone and enjoy multidisciplinary research.
“It’s particularly special to have been nominated by my peers both at the University of Glasgow as well as the University of St Andrews and Virginia Tech.”