SEG Foundation announces GSA as first professional Society to become a Geoscientists Without Borders® Supporter
TULSA, OKLAHOMA (1 June 2012) – Geoscientists Without Borders® (GWB) recently gained its first Society Supporter of the flagship program after The Geological Society of America's (GSA) Council approved the partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at its recent meeting in Boulder, Colorado. The agreement was signed by both the GSA and the SEG Foundation.
This new agreement will effectively broaden the reach of GWB as well as leverage the opportunity and information access to GSA members. "We are particularly pleased to welcome the GSA to our GWB community. The GSA is an outstanding organization with a wide-ranging membership of enthusiastic geoscientists. Their community is warmly received," said SEG Foundation Chair Tom Smith.
As a Geoscientists Without Borders® Supporting Society, GSA will promote GWB in its publications and website; provide space and a special session at the GSA Annual Meeting; and also assist the SEG Foundation in finding potential investors in the GWB program. In turn, the SEG Foundation will recognize GSA at the SEG Annual Meeting in reference to GWB and also in The Leading Edge when GWB is featured. Additionally, GSA and the SEG Foundation will collaborate on publicity for the GWB.
"The Geological Society of America is pleased to have the opportunity to act as an official Supporter of the Geoscientists Without Borders® humanitarian program. This is an excellent program and we hope that it will continue to grow and further extend its tremendous efforts around the world," said GSA Past President John Geissman of the partnership.
Geoscientists Without Borders® is changing lives around the world. Four years ago, the program did not exist … but today, 14 projects have been awarded with 12 currently in the field around the world and each of these projects is not only making a direct impact in those countries, but also impacting the reputation of geophysics around the world. The mission of GWB is to support humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world.
"We are building the bridge to the GSA. This is the first step, but this is how every voyage starts," said Geoscientists Without Borders® Chair Roel Snieder.
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