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Dr. Robyn Hannigan inducted as Geological Society
of America Fellow
July 25, 2008 --
Dr. Robyn Hannigan, director and Judd Hill chair of
Environmental Science at Arkansas State University, was recently
inducted as a Fellow in the Geological Society of America.
"It is indeed an
incredible honor to be recognized by my peers for my contributions to
our discipline,” said Dr. Hannigan. “This award is not only in honor of
my work but that of many exceptional students who I have had the
pleasure of working with over the years. That is the true honor, to
work with great students, have a blast in the lab and simultaneously
contribute to the advancement of science.”
Dr. Hannigan was honored for her contribution as a
geochemist-hydrologist, organometallic biogeochemist, and environmental
scientist, who has also made major breakthroughs in analytical
instrumentation for speciation of organometals.
She has also taken a leadership role in furthering diversity by training
underrepresented minority students from across the nation in
environmental science research.
"This is a great honor for Dr. Hannigan and for ASU,” said Dr. John M.
Pratte, chair of the chemistry and physics department. “She has done a
tremendous job over the years of integrating different disciplines in
her research and of exciting young minds in science. It is good to see
her work recognized by such a prestigious organization."
The Geological Society is the preeminent professional organization for
Earth Sciences, and Fellow status is the highest honor a member may be
awarded. GSA members are elected to Fellowship in recognition of
distinguished contributions to the geosciences. Nominations may only be
made by a Fellow of the Society.
The Geological Society brings earth scientists from throughout the world
to unite in a common purpose to study and share scientific findings of
the planet. The Society provides access to those elements essential to
the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise
from academic, government, business, and industry.