Steven Semken and David Williams, professors in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, join an elite group of Earth scientists, having been elected this spring as Fellows of the Geological Society of America (GSA).
Semken is an ethnogeologist and geoscience education researcher whose research focuses on ways that place, culture, and affect influence modes of inquiry, teaching, and learning in the Earth system sciences. His research is directed toward enhancing public Earth science literacy and diversity in the geoscience profession, and it is predominantly based in the geologically, ecologically, and culturally diverse American Southwest. He is deputy director of the EarthScope National Office and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, both at ASU.
Williams’ research focuses on volcanology and planetary geology, with an emphasis on understanding the emplacement styles and compositions of extrusive volcanic products on the terrestrial planets and outer planet satellites. He is the director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, the NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility at ASU. He is also the director of the NASA Planetary Aeolian Laboratory, which operates wind tunnels at ASU and at the Ames Research Center in California.
Semken and Williams join a distinguished line of GSA Fellows at Arizona State University. SESE faculty elected as Fellows also include: Ariel Anbar, Ramon Arrowsmith, Peter Buseck, Don Burt, Phil Christensen, Kip Hodges, Steve Reynolds, Kelin Whipple, Lynda Williams, and Stan Williams.
The Geological Society of America (GSA) is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 25,000 individuals in 107 countries. Its mission is to advance geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of Earth, and the geosciences profession.