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GECSC award recipients at the 2015 GSA Annual Meeting

At this year's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Baltimore, GECSC researchers were the recipients of two awards:

Scientist Emeritus Marith Reheis was presented the Farouk el-Baz Award for Desert Research. This award is given annually to recognize an outstanding body of work in the field of arid land studies. Even past retirement, Marith continues to contribute to this field as a member of the GECSC Paleoclimate Project.

Geologist Dan Muhs and his colleagues (which include the GECSC's Kathleen Simmons and Randy Schumann) were presented the Kirk Bryan Award for Research Excellence for their paper, "Sea-level history during the last interglacial complex on San Nicolas Island, California: Implications for glacial isostatic adjustment processes" published in Quaternary Science Reviews. This award is given to the author or authors of a published paper of distinction that advances the science of geomorphology. (This award was also bestowed upon Marith Reheis and her colleagues in 2007!)

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