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News Release

9 July 2007
GSA Release No. 07-25

Contact: Christa Stratton

Judith Totman Parrish is New Geological Society of America Vice President

Boulder, CO, USA — Judith Totman Parrish, Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Idaho, is the new Vice President of the Geological Society of America. She will serve a one-year term beginning 1 July 2007.

Parrish earned B.A., M.A., and M.S. degrees in biology and a Ph.D. in earth science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before joining the University of Idaho in 2003, she served as associate dean and professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona. She recently stepped down after a four-year term as dean of the College of Science at the University of Idaho.

Parrish has a long and distinguished record of service with GSA. Before becoming Vice President, she served on GSA's governing Council, the editorial board of GSA's journal Geology, numerous Society standing committees, and a recent strategic planning task force.

"This is an exciting time to serve in leadership of the geosciences," said Parrish. "Climate change, natural hazards, availability of fresh water, and changes in the energy industry are global issues in which the Geological Society of America has an important role to play."

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a broad, unifying scientific society with 20,700 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 85 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

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