|September 9, 2011|
Now that the 2011 State Legislative session is behind us and we have a firmer understanding of the budgetary climate we will be operating in for the foreseeable future, Provost Watson is asking us to participate in "Commitment to Excellence Dialogues" this fall. The goal is to take time to consider and reflect on our shared responsibilities in advancing Texas A&M's role as a leader in higher education, and then to reflect on actions we can take to continue improving and demonstrating our institutional success to ourselves and others. The first dialog was held this past Wednesday, and events surrounding Academic Convocation this coming week, including an address by President Loftin about the results of the Vision 2020 midterm review, are parts of the dialog. The college leadership team will also engage in these discussions and I encourage all of you to participate as well. For more information, see the provost's website.
Award recipients are selected based on their exemplary contributions to the teaching, research, and service missions of the College of Geosciences. These contributions exceed the normal expectations of their positions and commitment to job excellence, leadership, innovation, and initiative. All recipients will be recognized and honored at the Fall College Meeting. Faculty and Research Scientist award recipients will receive a bursary of $1,200. Staff award recipients will receive a cash award of $1,200.
It is also time for faculty members to think about applying for Faculty Development Leave. Applications are due to the college office by Oct. 21. You can find documents and instructions for the application on the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost website.
Our College Advisory Council will be convening on Sept. 16. Over the summer, we have been working to revitalize the council by recruiting new members who have expertise in a variety of areas important to the college such as ocean observing technology, energy and the environment, and natural resource law. At the meeting we have a number of faculty, staff members, and students to highlight our activities in a number of areas such as progress at the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems and the Center for Tectonophysics; teaching and research activities in Latin America, China, and the Middle East; and our freshman mentoring program, GFGA. The council's website lists current members. Six new members are expected to be voted upon Friday, Sept. 16.
Again I want to thank all the faculty for their sustained efforts to post class syllabi and up-to-date CVs as required by state law at the start of the semester. The College of Geosciences was 100 percent compliant this fall, as we have been for both the spring and summer terms of 2011.
Finally, remember that everyone is welcome to visit with me during office hours from 2:45 to 3:45, Wednesday afternoons. I can be found in Halbouty 355 on the first Wednesday of the month, and in O&M 202 otherwise (sorry CSA denizens, we couldn't reserve a room there this semester).
Have a great week.
All Texas A&M University faculty members are invited to participate in the procession to the Convocation site in the Rudder Theatre Complex. The procession will begin at 1:45 p.m. outside Sbisa Dining Hall. Academic Convocation will begin at approximately 2 p.m., or as soon as all procession participants are seated. Academic regalia is optional for the procession.
INTERNATIONAL HOUSEKEEPERS' WEEK
O&M: Sandra Roney, Linda Jones, Luz Ortiz, Maria (Janie) Rosas
Halbouty: Claudia Ibarra, Ronald Oliver, Blanca Trevino
CSA: Melissa Benford, Velma Harris, Fannie Whitfield
IODP: Sonia Bustamonte, Enriqueta Guerrero
GERG: David Rhone
PAWS TO THE PAVEMENT PET WALK/RUN
The CVM would like to thank you for supporting cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment for animals that impacts the future of cancer care for animals and humans.
RADAR DISH MAKEOVER
Dr. Will Heyman (GEOG) and Dr. Dawn Wright '86, ESRI chief scientist and former oceanography master's student (M.S. oceanography), served as guest editors for The Professional Geographer's upcoming Focus Section on marine geomorphology. This focus section includes Heyman's case study on Belize, "Elements for building a participatory, ecosystem-based marine reserve network." Heyman and Wright were co-authors of "Marine geomorphology in the design of marine reserve networks," the lead paper of this section. The Professional Geographer:doi: 10.1080/00330124.2011.585078
Dr. Andrew Dessler (ATMO) published a paper in Geophysical Research Letters: Dessler, A, 2011. "Cloud variations and the Earth's energy budget." Geophysical Research Letters: doi:10.1029/2011GL049236. For more information about Dessler's paper, see the news release by Texas A&M News and Information.
The Scientific Prospectus for IODP Expedition 341: Southern Alaska Margin Tectonics, Climate &
GULF OF MEXICO RESEARCH
PUBLIC POLICY INTERNSHIP
USC EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A $112.5 million award to study the Gulf of Mexico after the oil spill, of which Texas A&M received $14.4 million, has had over 150 mentions in media outlets around the country, including MSNBC.com.
Dr. Andrew Dessler (ATMO) has been mentioned in numerous media outlets, such as NPR, The New York Times blog Dot Earth, and Scientific American regarding his new paper in Geophysical Research Letters.
Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon (ATMO) has produced a series of maps showing the progress of the Bastrop county wildfire on his blog, Climate Abyss.
Dr. Charles Lafon (GEOG) has had his research on what tree ring data says about forest fire history featured in several news outlets, such as Texas A&M News and Information, UPI, and The Dallas Morning News.
Reveille in Dr. John Kessler's OCNG 251 class
Calendar items are also posted on the College of Geosciences Facebook page.