October 6, 2011
WOOSTER, Ohio – George Davis, Regents Professor Emeritus of Structural Geology at The University of Arizona, will present "An Evening’s Geoarchaeological Excursion to the Sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion in the Peloponessos, Greece" at the 31st annual Richard G. Osgood Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at The College of Wooster. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A dessert reception will
follow Davis’ presentation in the lobby of adjacent Scovel Hall (944 College Mall).
Davis received his B.A. in geology from The College of Wooster, his M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. He also received an honorary degree from Carlton College.
Davis’s primary scientific interest is field-oriented structural geology, with applications in regional tectonics and active tectonics. He has published extensively on the Basin and Range and Colorado Plateau tectonic provinces and structures, and has brought his passion for structural geology into the classroom as well as the advising of undergraduate and graduate students, textbook writing, and research seminars. His current research is in Greece, where he is a team leader on the Mt. Lykaion (Zeus) Sanctuary and Excavation Site in the Peloponnesus.
In addition to his teaching and research at Arizona, Davis has served as vice provost for academic affairs, executive on loan to the Board of Regents, and interim vice president for business affairs. He also served one year at The University of Vermont as its president before returning to the University of Arizona to carry out research and teaching, and then to serve as executive vice president and provost.
Davis served as chair of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for the GEO Directorate, which includes atmospheric, earth, and ocean sciences (2006-2009). He is currently vice president/president elect, of the Geological
Society of America. In 2010, he was awarded a Career Contribution Award by the Geological Society of America’s Structural Geology and Tectonics Division for achievements that have led to major advances in structural geology and tectonics. The University of Arizona Foundation established the George H. Davis (Endowed) Travel Fellowship Fund in 2008 for outstanding vision, leadership, and commitment to faculty recruitment, development, and retention. The fund provides support for junior faculty members to attend (invited) international conferences, and advance professional recognition through communication of
research, scholarship, and creative work.
The Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lectureship in Geology was established in 1981 and endowed by his three sons in memory of their father, a paleontologist with an international reputation who taught at Wooster from 1967 until 1981. Funds from this endowment are used to bring a well-known scientist interested in paleontology and/or stratigraphy to the campus each year to
lecture and meet with students.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Geology and the Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lecture Endowed Fund. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, Ohio 44691. (330) 263-2000
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