March 27, 2007
James E. Quick, a noted volcano expert at the U.S. Geological Survey and a frequently published geology scholar, has been named Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southern Methodist University.
Quick currently is program coordinator of the Volcano Hazards Program (VHP) at the USGS. The VHP researches volcanic processes and monitors all active volcanoes in the United States to provide early warning of eruptions. During his 25-year tenure with USGS, Quick also served as a chief scientist, project chief and staff geologist.
As the program coordinator, he initiated planning for and implementation of a volcano-monitoring network for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; initiated strategic planning for an enhanced monitoring network for the nationís most dangerous volcanoes; and increased the funding for VHP in the Presidentís budget.
ďWith Dr. Quick's appointment, SMU has taken another important step toward enhancing the university's funded research and support for our graduate programs," said Tom Tunks, SMU interim provost.
Quick is well versed in federal grant activity and experienced in leading research teams in obtaining grant funding. As program coordinator, Quick interacted with congressional delegations in partnership with academic colleagues or local government representatives to maintain the VHP funding and to develop supplemental congressional funding.
Quick is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of Washington, and the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior.
He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the California Institute of Technology and a masterís in petrology from the University Minnesota. He earned a bachelorís degree in geology from UCLA.
Quick succeeds R. Hal Williams, who has served as SMUís Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the past three years.
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