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Oregon Tech President Chris Maples Named Fellow Of The Geological Society of America

Oct 11, 2011
Oregon Institute of Technology president Chris Maples was recently elected to Fellowship of The Geological Society of America (GSA).

Oregon Institute of Technology president Chris Maples was recently elected to Fellowship of The Geological Society of America (GSA). Maples was recognized for achieving the status of Fellow on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony at the GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Maples was nominated for this honor by current GSA Fellows in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

“I am truly honored to be recognized by the Geological Society of America as a Fellow. I deeply appreciate being nominated by my colleagues.” Maples said.

Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey, said in his nomination letter, “Maples’ accomplishments include extensive publications in paleontology; stints at the Kansas Geological Survey, Indiana University, the Desert Research Institute, and program director at the National Science Foundation; contributions to professional organizations (including editorship of Palaios), and his current position as president of the Oregon Institute of Technology.”

Maples’ interests in his field range from echinoderm and trace-fossil paleontology to geoinformatics and paleobiogeography. He also has worked on best-management practices for curation, management, and preservation of scientific data. He has numerous scientific publications and presentations based on fossils collected from many parts of the world, including  China and Iran. In addition, he has served on numerous review panels, as well as holding various professional society offices.

“I’ve had the good fortune to work with great colleagues and students during my career, and this is truly a shared honor — I’d like to thank them all!” Maples said.

About Oregon Tech

Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is one of seven institutions in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communications and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech’s main campus is in Klamath Falls; other sites are located in Portland, La Grande and Seattle. Oregon Institute of Technology is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

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