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Callan Bentley Named President of Geological Society of Washington

Callan Bentley

The Geological Society of Washington (GSW) recently named Geology Assistant Professor Callan Bentley president of its organization. Bentley has been a member of GSW for almost 15 years and will serve as president of the organization for 2017.

GSW was founded in 1893 in an effort to promote the increase and dissemination of geological knowledge. The organization also facilitates and organizes a number of formal talks, field trips, networking opportunities with other colleagues and informal communication events. GSW recently hosted its 1,500th meeting.

Bentley is excited to continue to work and learn next to his colleagues as the president of GSW and hopes to increase membership and work on a number of the organization’s outreach initiatives.

“My goals for my term are to recruit new membership from our region’s students to make it a vital place for networking and career advancement; to advance our initiatives for outreach to the general public; and to bring more stories of science and general society interface to the GSW meetings,” Bentley said.

Bentley joined GSW after committing to graduate school in geology and has gained a lot from his experience as a member since 2002. He said he learned about his first job out of grad school, teaching structural geology at George Mason University, while attending a GSW meeting.

Bentley, who is also a recipient of Virginia’s State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award, recently wrote about his experience with GSW for Earth Magazine. Read his story here and visit his geology blog here.

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