Muslim Installed as Chairman of GSA’s Engineering Geology Division

Syed Eqbal Hasan, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Geosciences Department, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), was installed as chairman of the GSA’s Engineering Geology Division at the 118th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) held from October 22 – 25, 2006 in Philadelphia.
As chairman, Hasan was charged with the task of celebrating the Division’s 60th anniversary. The Division was established in 1947 and is the oldest of the 16 specialty divisions within the GSA.
Professor Hasan presented the preliminary results of his March 2005 visit to Nile River islands near Assiut, Egypt, where he and researchers from Assiut University attempted to learn if there was a relationship between health problems and the geological environment of the islands. Early reports indicate the presence of heavy toxic metals in the soil and wheat crop of the islands. Understanding this issue would enable the Egyptian government to find ways to remedy the problem. A National Science Foundation grant proposal, to research the issue further, is planned.
The annual meetings of the GSA are the largest gathering of geo-science professionals around the globe. This year’s meeting theme was “The Pursuit of Science: Building on a Foundation of Discovery,” which commemorated the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.



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