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
The Department of Geological Sciences is proud to report a first in UTEP’s history - the UTEP Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) team took 1st place in the worldwide IBA competition at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition in Calgary, Canada last week. The team is made up of M.S. students, Andy Anderson, Eric Bergersen, Andre Llanos, Patrick Rea, and Alan Vennemann. The team is mentored by Dr. Rip Langford.
UTEP has been participating in this competition since it first began in 2007. The 2016 competition is the 6th time the UTEP team has taken first place in the regional competition and go on to compete in the worldwide competition. This is the first time UTEP, or any other team from the southwest section, has won the worldwide competition. This prize comes with a $20,000 award.
Way to go Miners!
Alan Vennemann, a M.S. Geophysics student under the supervision of Dr. Marianne Karplus, has been awarded one of the Anadarko/SEG scholarships.
Scholarships from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists encourage the study of geophysics and related geosciences (more) and in the case of the Anadarko sponsored scholarship, a commitment to work in the oil & gas industry. Alan is also one of the team members from this year’s winning Imperial Barrel Award.
The Seismological Society of America (SSA) has presented Dr. Diane Doser, with its 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The award, which recognizes Dr. Doser’s outstanding dedication and leadership of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, was presented at the SSA’s Annual Meeting held in Denver, Colorado, April 18-20, 2017.
“I am greatly honored to receive the 2016 Distinguished Service to SSA Award,” Doser said. “The Seismological Society of America was the first professional society I joined as a student. I have always felt a strong affiliation with the society and its focus on understanding earthquakes to benefit humankind. Serving as editor-in-chief of the Bulletin for nearly six years has been a wonderful opportunity for me to help advance the society’s purpose and values. I am grateful to all the associate editors, reviewers and staff who have helped me to ensure the Bulletin remains the premier journal of earthquake-related research.”
Ph.D. student Zach Fleming was awarded a research grant from the Geological Society of America and in addition, the Lauren A. Wright & Bennie W. Troxel Award in support of his field-based research in Death Valley National Park involving geologic mapping and stratigraphic and structural studies.
Zach was also recognized as having submitted a proposal of exceptionally high merit in conception and presentation by the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division. Zach is supervised by Dr. Terry Pavlis.
More information on the GSA funding program can be found here.