This year the American Geosciences
Institute is recognizing David R. Wunsch, Ph.D. [photo credit Delaware Geological Survey] with its Outstanding
Contribution to the Understanding of Geoscience award. Through numerous
outreach efforts, such as helping New Hampshire residents understand the
collapse of the "Old Man on the Mountain," educating the U.S. public on the importance of
groundwater and helping support the authorizing of the SECURE Water Act his
accomplishments have been numerous and valuable to the U.S. public interest.
Wunsch became the State Geologist of New Hampshire in
2000, and over the next decade he grew the survey tenfold both in personnel and
in budget. His implementation of the state geological mapping program led to
many partnerships that brought critical local geologic information on to
residents. He turned events such as the devastating loss of a state's natural
symbol, the Old Man on the Mountain, and an avulsion brought on by an extreme
rain event, into opportunities to educate and bring government officials, and
the general public, into the field. His efforts working with the state
legislature led to increased public support to protect New Hampshire's unique
geological features from defacing and vandalism.
His major effort has been helping the U.S. public
understand the important role groundwater plays in supporting U.S. society. He
helped found a federal-level committee on the subject, and served as the
Director of Science and Technology for the National Groundwater Association
(NGWA), a then-AGI federation member.
His efforts supporting the SECURE Water Act, signed into
law by President Obama, resulted in the initial phase of the National Ground
Water Monitoring Network which currently has network of 2806 wells from 29
states representing 49 principal aquifers.
This award is presented to a person, organization, or
institution in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the public
understanding of geoscience. The contribution may be in geoscience or how
geoscience relates to economic or environmental aspects of modern civilization.
The award may be given to a geoscientist, non-geoscientist, or to an
organization or an institution that is geoscientific or non-geoscientific in
Robert Matt Joeckel [photo credit UNL] has been named Nebraska state geologist. He
succeeds Mark Kuzila, who stepped down after 16 years of service in the
"(Joeckel) is an outstanding scientist with a long history of working on
important issues in the state of Nebraska," said John Carroll,
professor and director of UNL's School of Natural Resources. "I can
think of no person who is better qualified."
The state geologist position is housed within the Conservation and
Survey Division, a multidisciplinary research, service and
data-collection organization in the School of Natural Resources.
"I am very appreciative of the opportunity afforded by the position,"
Joeckel said. "I have the opportunity to work with a great faculty and
staff, and I will always feel fortunate to work for the university in my
Joeckel joined the Conservation and Survey Division as a research
geologist in 2000. He is curator of geology in the University of
Nebraska State Museum and a fellow of the Geological Society of America.
He has a doctorate in geology from the University of Iowa.
"(Joeckel) has contributed enormously to the museum as curator of
geology, most recently with the new mineral exhibits he has created,"
said Priscilla Grew, director of the NU State Museum. "(He) will be an
outstanding ambassador for our state."
Joeckel said many challenges await the Conservation and Survey Division,
the greatest of which is further demonstrating the significance of a
geological survey in Nebraska.
"CSD faculty and staff have valuable prior expertise in the petroleum,
environmental, engineering consulting and mineral industries, as well as
other experience in the public sector," Joeckel said. "All of us in CSD
need to reassert the importance of earth-science data and expertise to a
wide range of stakeholders within and outside of the university. A
geological survey can make major contributions toward the resolution of
the complex environmental and societal problems of the 21st century."
Investigating the geological framework of the High Plains Aquifer and
the paleoenvironmental record within Nebraska's understudied ice age
sedimentary record are among Joeckel's research priorities for his
tenure as state geologist.
"Nebraska's geologic record and physical environment have and will
continue to provide important data relevant to the understanding of
global environmental systems, changing environments through geologic
time and the evolution of life on this planet," Joeckel said. "Some of
our expertise also extends well beyond Nebraska and into the national
and international realm. I take some pride in that expansiveness and I
expect that we will build upon our very positive reputation."
In 1871, an ad hoc geological survey was established within the
University of Nebraska. Since then, nine individuals have served in the
state geologist position. The Conservation and Survey Division was
formally established in 1921 by state statute.
"I love geology and I love Nebraska too," Joeckel said. "It's great to
practice my profession in a place in which there is still so much
important research and outreach left to do."
Director, Illinois State Geological Survey Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.
We are seeking an individual to serve as the chief executive officer and lead scientist for the ISGS, a person who will provide outstanding leadership, direction, and overall administration to: Develop, coordinate, and implement scientific research and service programs, public engagement activities, state-mandated functions, and professional services. Lead an ambitious research agenda for ISGS and ensure that sufficient funds are available to realize that agenda. Mentor staff in developing research programs and professional advancement. Encourage, foster and develop collaborative relationships within the University as well as with stakeholders in state, federal, and international agencies, other academic institutions, and the public. Execute the ISGS mission. Encourage and lead a strong commitment to diversity. Establish retention and recruiting priorities. Foster a culture of innovation and high level of performance at both the individual and organizational level. Encourage and commit resources to support lifelong learning at all levels. Foster a culture focused on awareness, scientific integrity, open communication, and safety. Serve as the Illinois State Geologist and represent the ISGS through professional affiliations. Collaborate with other State Geologists in the formulation of national earth science policies, programs, and related issues. Serve on national committees for science and public policy for the benefit of scientific organizations and the public. Direct and oversee the allocation and use of resources and facilities assigned to ISGS. Develop and interface with ISGS and PRI advisory committees, serve on University committees, and communicate with other offices or campus officials.
Required Qualifications: Advanced degree in an earth science discipline. Alternate degree fields may be considered depending on nature and depth of work experience as related to ISGS vision and priorities. Demonstrated successful research career and experience in research management, including science-related program development, science-team administration, and/or public service. An established leader demonstrated by success in an area of relevant research in a multidisciplinary research organization with a strong commitment to affirmative action and diversity. Must have a demonstrated high level of professional credibility and personal integrity; an outstanding record of research; obtaining sponsored funding from state, federal, or international agencies and/or the private sector; publishing results in peer-reviewed outlets; and communicating the importance of science to varied audiences. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated experience in interacting successfully with scientists, staff, business, public, and/or elected officials.
Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address the challenges facing society related to the geosciences, including water, environmental, earth hazard, mineral resource, and/or energy issues. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. A scholarly record appropriate for a national or international leader in her/his field, or significant other qualifications. Qualifications to be a licensed professional geologist in Illinois. Collaboration with multiple geoscience subdisciplines or other multidisciplinary scientific efforts. Participation in national or international professional or scientific organizations.
Ideal candidates will hold a doctoral degree and an academic track record appropriate for a tenured full professor at the University, or commensurately significant other qualifications in the field of earth science or related field.
This is a regular full-time academic professional position. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Applications must be received by October 31, 2014. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of five professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed.
For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-244-2401.
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (http://inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/).