By Ashley Bailey
, Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Robert Ewing, Courtesy GIA
From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. - The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has elected Dr. Rodney C. Ewing, a professor at the University of Michigan, as the newest member of its Board of Governors. Ewing, whose tenure begins immediately, will become one of the Institute’s 19 governors.
With over 35 years of intensive experience in geology and mineralogy, Ewingis a leading researcher in his field. He has authored or co-authored approximately 500 research publications and has served as the editor or co-editor of seven monographs, proceedings volumes, and special issues of journals.
As a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the Universityof Michigan, Ewing’s research involves radiation effects on minerals and ceramics. His current research utilizes a wide variety of solid-state characterization techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and high-resolution electron microscopy.
Ewing graduated from TexasChristian University with a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1968. He went on to receive his master’s degree and Ph.D. in mineralogy from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Ewing held a National Science Foundation Fellowship.
Ewing also holds appointments as a University of Michigan professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
In addition, Ewing is an Emeritus Regents’ Professor at the Universityof New Mexico in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and an Adjungeret Professor at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.
“With his extensive scientific research background and high standing in the field of mineralogy, Rod brings a wealth of knowledge to the Institute and will be a welcome addition to our board,” said Helene Fortunoff, chairperson of GIA’s Board of Governors.
Ewingis also a member of the Board of Nuclear and Radiation Studies of the National Research Council, a fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. In 2002, Ewing received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Of his appointment to the Institute’s board, Ewingsaid, “I am honored and excited at the prospect of being able to contribute to GIA.”