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News Release

16 August 2007
GSA Release No. 07-40

Contact: Christa Stratton

Geological Society of America to Open Washington Office

Boulder, CO, USA - The Geological Society of America (GSA) will open an office focused on public policy and the geosciences in Washington, D.C., effective 17 September 2007. The office, located at 1200 New York Avenue NW, will be staffed by Dr. Craig M. Schiffries, the Society’s new Director for Geoscience Policy, who joins GSA 1 September.

The overarching goal of the office is to provide GSA and its membership with leadership in public policy as well as active involvement in public policy decision-making and implementation processes. Four major areas of activity include:

  • Monitoring public policy issues and participating in information sharing and educational efforts directed toward the legislative and executive branches of government.
  • Working with the GSA community to increase member involvement in public policy-related activities.
  • Supporting adequate funding for science at the federal level.
  • Encouraging and improving the use of scientific information in decision-making in the public policy arena.

The opening of the Washington office is one aspect of GSA's National Leadership Initiative, which will further the Society's core mission to be a leader in advancing the geosciences, enhancing the professional growth of its members, and promoting the geosciences in the service of humankind.

Dr. Schiffries joins GSA after five years as Director of Science Policy for the National Council for Science and Environment in Washington. Previously he held positions at the National Academy of Sciences and the American Geological Institute, as well as serving as a GSA Congressional Science Fellow and professional staff member for the United States Senate. Schiffries holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology and geophysics from Yale University, an Honors B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in geology from Harvard University.

"The National Leadership Initiative, the opening of a Washington, D.C., office, and the hiring of Dr. Craig Schiffries are all exciting steps and momentous benchmarks in the history of GSA, in support of our membership, and in support of the earth sciences as a whole," said Dr. Stephen G. Wells, President of the Desert Research Institute, Nevada System of Higher Education, and immediate Past President of GSA. "We welcome Dr. Schiffries' extensive experience in national science and policy issues and look forward to his leadership in operating GSA's Washington, D.C., office."

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with 20,700 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 90 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.

For Interviews Contact:

John M. (Jack) Hess
Executive Director
Geological Society of America
3300 Penrose Place - Box 9140
Boulder, CO 80301-9140

Craig M. Schiffries
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
1200 New York Avenue NW - Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20005
+1-303-357-1023 (until 17 September)

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