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MSU’s Libarkin Named Geological Society of America Fellow

Julie Libarkin

Michigan State University Geological Sciences Associate Professor Julie Libarkin was recently elected a 2015 Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) for her “many groundbreaking research contributions in geoscience education and geocognition, her leadership in the GSA, and for her contributions as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Geoscience Education.”

Libarkin heads the Geocognition Research Laboratory at MSU, where she investigates how people perceive, understand and make decisions about the Earth. She also holds appointments in the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science and the CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU, and is also affiliated with MSU’s Cognitive Science Program and Environmental Science and Policy Program. During the past 15 years, she has received a number of grants related to geocognition, science education research and tectonics, and has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications. She received her Ph.D. in geosciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Libarkin said that she is very pleased to receive this recognition.

“I am honored to be selected as a GSA Fellow, and am particularly thankful to my nominator, Steven Semken, for his efforts on my behalf,” she said. “Geocognition and geoscience education are still growing as research fields, and it is exciting that this honor can help bring me and my colleagues’ work to the attention of the broader community.”

“It is a great honor to have Julie recognized by GSA for her exceptional contributions to the geosciences,” said David Hyndman, professor and chair of the MSU Department of Geological Sciences. “She is a leader in geocognition research and geosciences education, and contributes significantly to professional organizations in her field. Julie is richly deserving of recognition as a GSA fellow.”

GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.

Semken, Libarkin’s nominator, is an associate professor of geology and geoscience education at Arizona State University.

Libarkin and the other newly elected GSA fellows will be recognized at the 2015 GSA Annual Meeting Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony on Nov. 1 in Baltimore, Md.

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