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USGS Director Eaton to speak at geological-sciences exercises

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 31 - May 9, 1996

Gordon Eaton, director of the U.S. Geological Survey, will speak at the Commencement exercises of the Geological Sciences Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. on the second-floor terrace of Derring Hall.

Eaton will discuss "Reframing Geology Today."

On March 14, 1994, Eaton became the twelfth director of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior. From October 1990 to March 1994, he served as the director of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, N.Y. From 1986 to 1990, Eaton was president of the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Before that, Eaton served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University and dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University and held various positions with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Eaton holds a B.A. in geology from Wesleyan University and an M.S. in geology and the Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from the California Institute of Technology.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America, a member of the American Geophysical Union, and a member of the U.S. delegation to the Science and Technology Committee of the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and American Men and Women of Science.