Welcome Dr. James Kubicki
Dear College of Science Faculty, Staff and Students:
I am pleased to announce that Dr. James Kubicki will be joining the College of Science as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at UTEP, effective August 1, 2015.
Dr. Kubicki received his B.S. in Geology from the California State University at Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Yale University. After being trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institute of Washington and the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Kubicki served as a National Research Council Associate and worked as a Senior Principal Engineer for the Computer Sciences Corporation. Since 1998, Dr. Kubicki has been a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, where he most recently held the title of Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute.
The teaching and mentoring experience that Dr. Kubicki brings with him is certain to enhance our programs and outcomes, and support UTEP’s mission of access and excellence. He has worked with undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in field, laboratory and classroom settings to promote learning and career preparation. In addition, he has contributed to the development of cross-institutional Centers, is engaged in collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and is committed to science education and outreach to the public.
With a strong history of extramural funding and a publication record that includes nearly 150 articles in a number of peer-reviewed and well-respected journals, Dr. Kubicki is poised to serve as an excellent mentor for researchers at all career stages. His own work is focused on molecular modeling in environmental geochemistry, with current and pending research support from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Previous funding sources have also included the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Petroleum Research Fund. He arrives at UTEP with an active grant portfolio of more than $1M.
It is these strengths that give me confidence that Dr. Kubicki will succeed in his new role as Chair and support current and new efforts in research and education. I hope that you will join me in welcoming him to our College and University, and aid him in facilitating the continued growth and success of the Geological Sciences Department.
Dr. Robert Kirken, Dean
College of Science
The Department of Geological Sciences offers degree programs in both Geological Sciences and Environmental Sciences in conjunction with faculty from the Biological Science and Chemistry departments.
Geological Sciences Program
Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Geological Sciences with concentration in
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Geological Sciences
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Geophysics
Ph.D. in Geological Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Environmental Sciences with concentration in
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science
Kelsey Mason (Thesis Co-advisors, Pavlis and Pennington) and Patrick Rea (Thesis Advisor, Dr. Lixin Jin) have been selected for NASA internships.
Kelsey’s internship is at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where she will be working with Jacob Bleacher and his crew on a project titled "Characterizing the Explosive Volcanic History of Mars" in which she will be studying the Potrillo Volcanic Field in New Mexico as a proxy for volcanoes on Mars.
Pat will be working at the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at Langley Research Center as a Data Scientist. His work will focus on providing improved ways for accessing and working with NASA atmospheric science data and to assist in developing pilot applications showcasing technology.
We wish them all the best for a fantastic summer!
Matt Hiebing, Kelsey Mason, and Andre Llanos have been awarded scholarships from the West Texas Geological Society. Congratulations to our students and Thank You to the WTGS.
Four Master’s students in the Department of Geological Sciences who are engaged in research related to the exploration and development of petroleum have been awarded scholarships from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Southwest Section (AAPG-SWS).
Congratulations to Andre Llanos, Alan Vennemann, Matt Hiebing, and Eric Bergersen, and thank you to AAPG-SWS!
Fifth graders from El Paso's Bradley Elementary Gifted and Talented program spent a day touring various departments on UTEP's campus. The Association for Women in Geoscience (AWG) had the honor of hosting the group for a short session about the different types of rocks, minerals and fossils. The AWG emphasized the importance of knowing where our energy and resources come from and having a multi-disciplinary background when considering a career in geoscience. The AWG and Department of Geological Sciences sends their sincere thanks to Bradley Elementary and is looking forward to next year's visit!