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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Oct. 9, 2008

Survey Deputy Director Named Geological Society of America Fellow

LAWRENCE--The deputy director for outreach and public service at the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, has been named a Fellow of one of the world's largest geological societies.

Rex Buchanan was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA), a worldwide association with nearly 20,000 members in 85 countries that promotes the geosciences and provides a forum for diverse ideas. GSA Fellows are chosen in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the advancement of the geosciences through such achievements as publications, presentations, leadership in professional organizations, teaching, and promotion of scientific advances to the public.

Responsible for making the scientific community, educators, decision-makers, and the public aware of the Survey's research and the state's geology, Buchanan oversees production and distribution of books and maps, the Survey's online resources, and public activities.

He has edited, written, or co-authored articles and books, including Roadside Kansas and Kansas Geology, published by the University Press of Kansas, and has served on numerous committees addressing natural resource issues. He is currently on the Kansas Energy Council and the Midwest Governors Association's Renewable Electricity, Advanced Coal and Carbon Capture Advisory Group.

Buchanan, a native of Little River, has been at the Kansas Geological Survey since 1978. He was presented the fellowship at the Society's annual meeting in Houston in early October.

Story by Cathy Evans, (785) 864-2195.

Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach