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John MaxwellAlumnus Matches Gifts to Scholarship Fund in Honor of Prof. John Maxwell

Dave Lehman (Ph.D. ’74) believes that scholarship programs are key to helping students pursue the education necessary for meaningful careers that contribute to society. As a reflection of this belief, Dave is offering to match any gift to this fund at $1.50 for every $1.00 (up to $100,000) contributed to the John C. and Marian B. Maxwell Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Geological Sciences this year.

Dr. Robert "Bob" FolkCelebrate Dr. Robert “Luigi” Folk’s 90th Birthday

If you are a part of the Jackson School community, you have likely had an encounter with Dr. Folk. The legend lives on through Folk Tales, a collection of stories surrounding and including Luigi.

Rapid Response Geo-hazards Mobilization EffortsRapid Response Geo-hazards Mobilization Efforts

The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics’ Rapid Response initiative deploys teams of scientists and graduate students to scenes of geo-hazards around the globe. The teams gather critical and time-sensitive data on earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and hurricanes that can help local communities better cope and plan for the future. To ensure that the Jackson School of Geosciences can respond to future catastrophes, Dr. Jamie Austin established the Rapid Response Endowment. If you would like to contribute to the endowment, you can go to:, click on make a gift and enter Rapid Response Endowment in the special instructions box. You can also contact Belle German, Director of Development (, 512-471-1993 or Karen Cochran, Associate Director of Development (, 512-471-6010. Your contribution will help send scientists and students to locations of natural disasters. Thank you for your consideration.

GeoforceGeoFORCE Endowment in Honor of Doug Ratcliff

June 1, 2014 marks the start of the 10 year anniversary of GeoFORCE. In order to highlight this momentous milestone, the GeoFORCE Advisory Committee has launched… read more

Texas Soil Observation NetworkTexas Soil Observation Network – Get a Soil Moisture Station on Your Ranch

The Jackson School is working to address the Texas drought through a better understanding of soil moisture in collaboration with a new NASA mission. read more

Bureau of Economic Geology Expands Research CapacityBureau of Economic Geology Expands Research Capacity

The Jackson School’s Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) is undertaking a crucial campaign to fund major upgrades to its research… read more

The Writer in Residence ProjectThe Writer in Residence Project

Writing is one of the most critical skillsets for any student to master. Successful geoscience leaders must be capable of communicating effectively through the written word. Most… read more

Martin Jackson

New Salt Tectonics Complex Honors Martin Jackson

Dr. Jackson is a pioneer in the modern study of salt tectonics. To honor his contributions, the BEG has launched an effort to raise funding towards a newly renovated Salt Tectonics Modeling… read more

Bill CarlsonHonoring a Geoscience Trail Blazer

Although Dr. Bill Carlson is retired from the Forty Acres, his legacy will live on through a new endowment that supports undergraduate geoscience research… read more

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