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GIA’s Board Welcomes New Member at Biannual Meeting


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Dr. John W. Valley, was inducted into GIA’s Board of Governors in Nov. 2014.

Dr. John Valley brings expertise and experience to new role

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2014 – GIA’s Board of Governors inducted Dr. John W. Valley, Charles R. Van Hise professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, as its newest member during the November 2014 board meeting in Carlsbad, CA. Valley, alongside 16 other governors, will be instrumental in guiding GIA in its mission to protect the public trust in gems and jewelry.
 
“Dr. Valley is a wonderful addition to our board. With his experience as a supervisor to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and his impressive background in Earth science research, Dr. Valley brings many unique attributes to the table,” said board chair John Green, president and CEO of Lux Bond & Green jewelers. “We’re very much looking forward to working with him as we continue to serve as stewards to the public trust.”
 
“On behalf of GIA’s more than 2,600 employees across the globe, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Valley to the Board of Governors,” added Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO. “The commitment and expertise of our board continues to drive our Institute’s initiatives as we build for the future.”
 
Valley’s research spans many fields in Earth science, including the early Earth, astrobiology, paleoclimatology, mineralogy, geochemistry and petrology. He is a fellow of five professional societies, including the American Geophysical Union, and served as president of the Mineralogical Society of America. He received the N.L. Bowen Award from the AGU and was a Fulbright Scholar at Edinburgh University. He has published over 300 articles and has held editorial positions for numerous scientific journals including Elements, where he has been principal editor since 2011. Valley received his Ph.D. from University of Michigan in 1980, and bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
 
Following the meeting, Jeffrey H. Fischer, president of Fischer Diamonds, Inc. in New York and president of Fischer Diamonds Ltd. in Israel, retired from the board after six years of service. The board also acknowledged the departure of Paul E. Kreutz, an attorney working with emerging companies in Southern California, who left the board earlier in 2014 after six years of service.

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An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
 
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.

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