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July 10, 2012
Contact: K.E. Schwab

Geologic Society of America names SRU’s Burkhart a fellow

Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University professor of geography, geology and the environment, has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America.

The society bestows fellowship on earth scientists in recognition of their contributions to the geosciences through applied research, teaching, publications and contributing to public awareness of geology. A society member nominated Burkhart.

Burkhart has led SRU student-faculty research expeditions to the Badlands for more than 10 years and was recruited by NASA for Mars research. He has also led undergraduates to the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. to study the effects of the 2010 oil spill. He is leading a group of students to Newfoundland this summer for similar study.

The Badlands research trips give SRU students the opportunity to study landscapes and gain insight into geologic processes.

NASA recruited Burkhart to co-lead a student-research exhibition to the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington. A team of undergraduates from across the U.S., supervised by Burkhart, studied the landscape for similarities to possible landing sites on Mars.

The Geological Society of America is a professional society with a membership of more than 24,000 people in 100 countries. Established in 1888, the society provides access to tools that help the professional growth of earth scientists working in academia, government, business and industry.

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