Tech Geoscientists at GSA Conference, Nov. 8, 2001

BOSTON, November 6, 2001 -- A group of ten Earth scientists from New Mexico Tech currently are presenting results of their recent research projects at the 113th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Boston's Hynes Convention Center.

In addition, one of the Tech researchers, Fred M. Phillips, professor of hydrology, is slated to receive the organization's prestigious "O. E. Meinzer Award," which is presented each year by the GSA Hydrogeology Division to the author of a published paper of distinction which advances the science of hydrogeology.

Approximately 6,000 geoscientists from around the world are in attendance at the week-long convention, titled Boston 2001: A Geo-Odyssey, which runs through Saturday, November 10.

The New Mexico Tech researchers presenting research papers and talks at the international conference and the titles of their presentations are listed as follows: 

  • Laurel B. Goodwin, associate professor of geology, "Competency Contrast, Kinematics, and the Development of Foliations and Lineations in the Crust;"
  • Mitchell Plummer, doctoral candidate, "Simulation of Alpine Glaciers as a Means of Interpreting the Glacial Record;"
  • Robert S. Bowman, professor of hydrology and coordinator of the hydrology program, "Diffusion Coefficients of Hydrologic Tracers Measured by a Taylor Dispersion Technique;"
  • John L. Wilson, professor of hydrology and chair of Department of Earth and Environmental Science (and previous O. E. Meinzer Award winner), "Gas Mini-Permeameters;"
  • Benjamin J. Lechler, graduate student, "Operator Errors and Gas Permeability Measurements;"
  • William W. Weiss, field petroleum engineer at the Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC), "Artificial Intelligence to Reduce the Risk of Oil Exploration and Production;"
  • Bruce J. Harrison, assistant professor of environmental geology, "The Pedogenic Record of Hillslope Erosion and Deposition Processes;"
  • Gabriel M. Gomez, graduate student, "Pressure Fluctuations at Taca Taca Porphyry Copper, Northwest Argentina;"
  • Gabrielle E. Kurth, graduate student, "Cosmogenic Nuclide Dating of Pluvial Shorelines in the Western Great Basin;" and
  • Fred M. Phillips, professor of hydrology and this year's winner of the O. E. Meinzer Award, "Correlation of Sierra Nevada Continental and Pacific Marine Paleoclimate Records over the Last Glacial Cycle."

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