PSU Professor Scott Burns is back by popular request. He last spoke to us in January 2012.
Dr. Burns has a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He is Professor of Geology at PSU specializing in environmental and engineering geology, soils, geomorphology, quaternary geology and terroir (relationship of geology, soils, climate and wine). Dr. Burns just finished his 22nd year teaching at PSU and his 42nd at the university level, including in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana.
An author/co-author of two books, over 80 articles, and 200+ published abstracts, Dr. Burns has worked on research topics as diverse as landslide, debris flow, radon and earthquake hazard mapping, heavy metals and trace elements in soils, loess stratigraphy, Missoula Floods, bio-geomorphology alpine soil development, and terroir. He received the 2006 Meritorious Service Award from Engineering Geology Division of the GSA.
Dr. Burns has been an Associate Dean, chair of departments and president of faculty senates at three different universities; president of one of the largest and oldest Rotary clubs; and has won many awards for outstanding teaching, the most significant being the Faculty Senate Chair Award at Louisiana Tech in 1987. He won the PSU Alumni Association 2001 Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2007 PSU George Hoffmann Award. On Oct. 8, 2011 Dr. Burns received the Public Service Award from the Geological Society of America (GSA). This award is given annually to a member who reaches out to the public about geology. Dr. Burns helps local media bring important geological news to the public and also is a consultant and an expert witness for law cases.
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, Cascade Room 236.
When: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 1:00-2:00pm.