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Ohio University professor of geological sciences elected to fellowship in Geological Society of America

ATHENS, Ohio (May 25, 2004) -- Ohio University Professor of Geological Sciences Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch has been elected as a Fellow in the Geological Society of America (GSA). Gierlowski-Kordesch was elected in recognition of her significant contributions to the science of geology and the geologic community.

Elizabeth Gierlowski-KordeschTo become a fellow, a member must be nominated by a fellow of the GSA. The fellow initiates the process by completing a nominating sponsor's form and identifying two other fellows, or one fellow and one member, who agree to support the nomination. The nominee must have at least eight years of professional experience in geology or related fields, which may include three years of graduate study. In addition, the nominating sponsor must document or attest to the nominee's contributions to the science.

An example of contributions that can be made by the fellowship candidate can include:

  • Publication of the results of geological research
  • Applied research
  • Training of geologists
  • Administration of geological programs
  • Public awareness of geology
  • Professional organizations
  • Editorial, bibliographic and library responsibilities

As a Fellow in the GSA, Gierlowski-Kordesch can participate in society affairs, such as serving on a committee, and can nominate other candidates to fellowship. She is presently the founding chair of the Limnogeology Division of GSA as well as the president of the International Association of Limnogeology. Gierlowski-Kordesch has published two books and many papers on research in the field of limnogeology (the study of ancient lakes).

Established in 1888, The Geological Society of America provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Geological Society's growing membership unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet and share scientific findings.

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