The American Geological Institute's (AGI) Executive Director, Marcus Milling, was awarded the prestigious Association of American State Geologist's (AASG) Pick and Gavel Award, presented to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the role of geoscience in public policy.
Dave, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, recently graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He double majored in Earth Sciences and Politics, and in 2003, he studied abroad for a full year at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Now living in Washington DC and working in AGI's Government Affairs Program, Dave is learning first hand the realities of the appropriations process as well as tracking legislation on climate change, oceans policy, global earth observation, and energy. His internship will extend through mid-December.
Bridget is originally from Helena, MT and is currently a senior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is majoring in geology with a comparative politics minor. Bridget has worked as an intern for the Dutchess County Soil and Water Conservation District, at an organic farm in Montana, and as a page in the Montana State Senate. She has also participated in the Presidential Classroom program. This summer, Bridget became the resident expert on the timely issue of high oil and gas prices as well as mercury contamination.
Ashlee is a senior at the California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California where she is majoring in Earth science with a sustainable environments minor. Originally from San Diego, CA, she has worked as an intern with the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department and has participated in soil judging and other student activities sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America. Ashlee gained insight on budget issues, Yucca Mountain and natural hazards legislation this summer.
Gayle comes to us from the University of Georgia where she received her MS in geology. Her thesis involved studying the evolutionary biology of brachiopods. Now in Washington, she will spend quality time on Capitol Hill observing the budget process and election-year politics at their finest. In May, Gayle will take a position as the Outreach Specialist at the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS).
Deric completed his PhD in Geosciences at Virginia Tech and was a research associate at Harvard. Deric is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Central Michigan University (8/11)