Yildirim Dilek, professor of geology, has been named recipient of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Distinguished Service Award for 2007. Two other recipients also were chosen, Nancy L. Carlson, a GSA staff member, and Robert C. Thomas of the University of Montana Western.
The awards will be presented at the GSA annual meeting Oct. 27 in Denver, Colo.
The award recognizes individuals for exceptional service. Dilek has made significant contributions to GSA's publications program as co-editor and editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin, editor of three GSA books, and currently as books acquisition editor. He has also served as president of the society's international division and organized scientific meetings and symposia. Dilek holds a B.S. degree in geological engineering from the University of Istanbul and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of California-Davis.
Dilek joined Miami's department of geology faculty in 1996 and has received numerous awards, including being named College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator in 2002.
GSA, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with 20,700 members representing academia, government and industry in more than 90 countries. Through its meetings, publications and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., GSA also fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues and supports all levels of earth science education.