A Future for Geological Sciences at Michigan State

July 29, 2010

I am very pleased to pass along to SVP members the news that, following a period in which the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University was threatened with closure, a plan has been developed and approved that focuses on securing the future of geosciences at MSU. The plan has the backing of our Dean and the MSU Provost and President. It involves a series of steps over the next five years to increase research funding and enhance the visibility of our program, and it includes the possibility of future targeted faculty hires for the department.

I would like to heartily thank the many SVP members who sent in letters on our behalf, and also those individuals who signed the online petition last year. The strong show of support from the broader community was a vitally important element in reversing the proposed closing of the department, and my colleagues and I at MSU are very grateful.

I hope to see many of you in Pittsburgh and have a chance to say thanks in person!
 
-- Mike
 
Michael Gottfried
MSU Geological Sciences & Museum