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For more than three decades,
Professor Eldridge Moores has given continuous and dedicated service on the international,
national, state and local level in the field of geology. In addition to service
on many of its committees, Professor Moores served as President of the Geological
Society of America (GSA) and editor of its journal, Geology. He has frequently
advised national scientific agencies on matters related to earth sciences. And
he has long been committed to serving the local community including extensive
service in K-12 education.
For 22 years, Professor Moores has provided
dedicated service to the GSA, a national and international geology organization.
He served as editor of Geology from 1982-1987 as it went from a new somewhat
uncertain enterprise to a world-class journal. For this achievement, Professor
Moores was awarded one of the first GSA Distinguished Service Awards. In addition
to his editorial service, Professor Moores served on numerous GSA committees and
in 1995 began a 3-year term as Vice President, President, and past President.
Professor Moores joined the Ocean Drilling Project Tectonics Panel in
1989 and became Chair the following year. Through Professor Moores’ efforts,
the Panel exposed mostly marine earth scientists to developments in land geology
and instituted a series of meetings in geologically instructive and interesting
regions around the world.
In addition to his extensive service in the
scientific community, Professor Moores has been frequently called on to advise
national and state agencies on matters related to earth sciences. On the national
level, he has served on the Earthscope Review Committee, the U.S. National Committee,
International Union of Geological Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.
On the local level, Professor Moores has long been committed to serving the Davis,
Yolo County, and Northern California communities. He has been a member of the
Science Curriculum Steering Committee of the Davis Joint Unified School District
and has given frequent presentations to students about the exciting field of geology.
As summarized in his nomination letter, “Eldridge Moores is ‘one
of a kind’; a brilliant man who has given his life to the pursuit of knowledge
for its own sake and to the sharing of that knowledge with K-12, undergraduates,
graduates, and the wider local, state, national and international communities.
His approach to life is one of love of people, and a commitment to share at the
highest intellectual, ethical and moral standards. We know of no other geologist
world-wide who has given greater service to their science and to their community.”
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