LAWRENCE – The chair of the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas has been elected as a member of the national board of directors for the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
Luis González, professor in the Department of Geology, took office for the SACNAS board on Jan. 4, beginning his term of three years. He is one of 15 members of the board of directors.
González began at KU as an associate professor of geology in 2003 and has served as the chair of the department since 2009. His research interests include the utilization of the isotopic composition, mineralogy, growth history and growth patterns of speleothems. Speleothems are cave formations, including stalagmites and stalactites. González has published numerous scholarly articles, while advising students and serving on graduate committees.
SACNAS has fostered the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists for 40 years. It has helped all levels of scientists from college students to professionals in attaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science. With 6,000 paid members, it serves more than 23,000 at more than 1,000 institutions. SACNAS has made major advances in opening STEM fields to underrepresented minorities and in diversifying the nation’s scientific community.
The Department of Geology is part of KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which encourages learning without boundaries in its more than 50 departments, programs and centers. Through innovative research and teaching, the College emphasizes interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. It is the broadest, most diverse academic unit at the University of Kansas.