b'8 Carnegie Science|Fall 2020H H HCarnegie Researchers ReceiveMultiple Prestigious AwardsRobert Hazen Inducted intoRussian Academy of SciencesThis spring Carnegie mineralogist Robert Hazen was inducted as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciencesthe nations highest scientific society, originally founded by Peter the Great. This is a rare honor for an American researcher. The ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A staff scientist at Carnegies Earth and Planets Laboratory, Hazen pioneered the concept of mineral evolutionlinking an explosion in mineral diversity to the rise of life on Earthand developed the idea of mineral ecology, which analyzes the spatial distribution of the planets minerals to predict those that remain undiscovered and to assert Earths mineralogical distinctiveness in the cosmos.Mineralogy is a historically venerated field in Russia, and Hazens work has resonated with his Russian peers. He is one of just 12 Americans ever elected as an Honorary Member to the Russian Mineralogical Society.Steve Shectman and Alycia Weinberger Selected Inaugural AAS Fellowsorganization for original research, innovative technique and instrumentation development, significant public outreach and educational efforts, and other contributions to the society. To launch the program, the AAS selected 200 legacy fellows, including Shectman and Weinberger. Carnegie trustee Sandra Faber of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and former Observatories director Wendy Freeman, now at the University of Chicago, are also part of this highly decorated group.Shectman was the lead scientist on the project that designed and built the twin Magellan telescopes at Carnegies Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. He also developed several of the sophisticated spectroscopic instruments there and elsewhere.Weinberger works to understand the conditions for planet In February, Carnegie astronomers Stephen Shectman and Alyciaformation. At Carnegies Earth and Planets Laboratory, she Weinberger were selected for the inaugural class of Fellows ofspecializes in studying the disks of rotating gas and dust that the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in recognition of theirsurround young stars from which planets form and evolve. She is extraordinary achievement and service to the field. also involved in planning for the Giant Magellan Telescope, which is The newly established award honors members of theunder construction at Las Campanas.'