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|From the Director
by Lee C. Gerhard,
Director and State Geologist
Our work in geologic mapping, petroleum, geohydrology, environmental geology, and minerals is commitment of science to public service
transfer is Federal governmental jargon. For us, it means making research
at the Kansas Geological Survey pay off—making it useful to our
customers, the people of the state. This is one of the most satisfying
results of years of stubbornly fighting scientific battles and chigger
bites, of trying to understand and predict, of inventing tools, and communicating
our thoughts to people who can use our research. In this issue of The
Geologic Record, we show you the practical results of some of our
“conceptual” research efforts.
Kansas Geological Survey scientists have always prided themselves on
the cutting-edge nature of their research, especially in areas where there
is public need. Our work in geologic mapping, petroleum, geohydrology,
environmental geology, and minerals is commitment of science to public
service. Focusing research on earth resources of economic value to the
state is not only part of our statutory duty, but also part of our personal
and professional commitment to serving Kansas.
Sometimes it is hard to show the chain of events that translates good research into economic activity or public good. Some of the articles in this issue of The Geologic Record demonstrate the translation of KGS conceptual research into public and private dollars, highlighting the opportunities that exist to translate scientific research at The University of Kansas and the Kansas Geological Survey into increased economic activity for Kansas.
Whittemore Named to Head Survey Water Section
Donald Whittemore, a specialist in water quality, has
been named the acting chief of the Geohydrology Section at the Kansas
Geological Survey. Whittemore is currently a senior scientist at the Survey.
The appointment was made by the Survey’s director, Lee Gerhard.
As acting section chief, Whittemore is responsible for the Survey’s
research program in ground water, including studies of water-level declines
in western Kansas, possible new sources of water such as the Dakota aquifer,
and the interaction between rivers and underground water sources. Whittemore
joined the Survey in 1978 after teaching in the Kansas State University
geology department from 1972 to 1978.
Whittemore has a Ph.D. in geochemistry from Pennsylvania State University.
He has developed chemical methods that identify the source of saltwater
contamination in ground water. By using geochemical tracers, Whittemore
can determine if saltwater contamination comes from natural sources, such
as the dissolution of underground salt beds, or from human activities.
He has written or coauthored more than 90 scientific publications and
“Don Whittemore brings a strong scientific background to our ground-water program,” said Gerhard. “He has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with Kansas water issues. That experience will be valuable in guiding our water research and information programs.”
|New Facilities for Fort Hays||
Geoscience education in Kansas
got a boost in August with the dedication of new facilities at Fort Hays
State University in Hays, Kansas. Jerry Tomanek Hall, named for the president
at Fort Hays State from 1976 to 1987, was dedicated August 26, 1995, in
a ceremony on the university’s campus. The three-story, 85,000-square-foot
facility will house the chemistry, physics, and geosciences departments,
as well as the campus Computing and Telecommunications Center.
The Department of Geosciences will occupy about half of the second floor of the new facility, nearly tripling the space previously allocated in Albertson Hall. Paul Krutak, Chairman of the Department of Geosciences, expects the new teaching-research facility, along with the addition of a new bachelors degree program in Geographic Information Systems, to help attract more students, perhaps doubling the number of majors. The department currently has 26 undergraduate and 8 graduate students majoring in geology.
Online February 10, 2003
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