Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Former aide to Rep. Giffords appointed head of USGS Mineral Resources Program

Dr. Lawrence Meinert has been appointed Program Coordinator for the USGS Mineral Resources Program. In 2010, Dr. Meinert went to Washington, DC after being selected to serve as Geological Society of America/USGS Congressional Fellow. He worked in the offices of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Senator Chris Coons advising on natural resource issues. [right, credit GSA]

The announcement from USGS says
Dr. Meinert serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Geology, the premier peer-reviewed journal for the publication of research in mineral resources and ore deposit geology and is a former co-editor of Mineralium Deposita, an international scientific journal.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College and a Doctorate from Stanford University, Dr. Meinert began his career at Washington State University, eventually attaining the rank of Full Professor. During his 22 year tenure there he served as the primary advisor for numerous MS and Ph.D. students and was responsible for building, maintaining, and utilizing multiple research laboratories including fluid inclusion, ore microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and electron microprobes. Dr. Meinert was elected as Chair of the University's faculty senate, leading 2,000 Ph.D. faculty at the multi-campus system.

From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Meinert served as Professor in Residence at Smith College in Massachusetts. In this capacity he was an advisor for Fulbright and NASA engineering fellowship applications and built and managed a National Science Foundation-funded fluid inclusion laboratory.

Dr. Meinert has published over 170 papers and books during his career and has received many honors from his scientific peers including: Society of Economic Geologists Silver Medal (2010), Fulbright Senior Specialist, National Science Foundation Senior Visiting Scientist, and Logan Lecture †Geological Survey of Canada. He served on the 1992 National Review Panel for Mineral Resources Policies and in 1994 participated in the White House Office of Science and Technology's National Forum on Environmental and Natural Resources Research and Development.

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