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
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!
On March 31st, Mr. Joe Gomez donated one of the twelve Centennial Pickaxes to the Department of Geological Sciences. Thank you to Mr. Gomez (Donor), Mr. Gaytan (Artist), and Ms. Long (GECU) for helping us make this a special day.
Anna Mwangi has been awarded the Shoemaker Scholarship through the Texas Section of American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Ms. Mwangi’s outstanding essay of “Why I want to be a Geologist” as well as her glowing letter of recommendation from her advisor, Dr. Laura Serpa, made her stand out from other applicants. Thank you to AIPG-Texas Section and Glen A. Collier, Chair, Scholarship Committee.
In 2016, APO Student Award for the Department of Geological Sciences goes to Josh Peterson! Congratulations!
The Alpha Phi Omega Engineering Fraternity (APO) was founded in 1919 at the Texas College of Mines. It is a social fraternity for Engineering and Geology students with high GPAs. Josh will start his Master's Degree program at UTEP in Fall 2016.