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Welcome to the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, webpage!  There are a lot of exciting things happening in our department right now that make this a great place to work, study, and conduct research.  First, we have added Environmental Science to our existing Geology and Geophysics majors.  This roughly doubles the number of undergraduates in the department.  I am looking forward to working with the students and faculty from our combined programs and want to extend an invitation to the environmental science students to help us make them feel at home in the department. 

We also have three new faculty members who will make major contributions to our research and teaching.  Dr. Lixin Jin and Dr. Lin Ma started at UTEP in January, 2011, and they bring us new expertise in a range of research topics dealing with the environment, water, and soils.  Dr. Kate Giles will start in January, 2012, and she will help us build our petroleum related research through her industry experience and research on carbonate rocks.  I think this is a great place to study geoscience and it is a great time to be part of our department.  I expect us to continue to grow and succeed well into the future.