Prestigious Honor and Family Tradition
Associate Professor of Geology Linda Reinen has been
selected as the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Biggs Award for Excellence in Geoscience Education, by the Geological Society of America, one of the largest geoscience professional societies in the world, with more than 16,000 members, in 85 countries.
Her selection marks the second time in recent years that a Pomona College professor has been so honored. Eric Grosfils, chair of the Pomona Geology Department (and, incidentally, Reinen’s husband) received the award in 2001.
The Biggs Award is presented annually to a single faculty member teaching undergraduate geosciences, who is less than 10 years into his or her teaching career. The award was presented at the 2003 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Seattle.
At Pomona, Professor Reinen (pictured above, on a research project with Susan Nielsen ’00) teaches Introduction to Geology: Geohazards, Hydrogeology, Structural Geology and Research Methods, a course that provides all students with the opportunity to conduct original research prior to starting their senior theses. Last April, five students from the course presented their work at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Cordilleran Section, held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
During the past several years, Professor Reinen has been invited to lead or co-lead workshops on integrating research into the undergraduate curriculum as an effective way of teaching at a variety of national meetings.
Her own research focuses on the mechanics of fault systems, particularly how slip is accommodated on faults, either through the generation of earthquakes or by stable fault creep. The three main components of this research are: (1) numerical models of earthquake cycles, (2) laboratory experiments to determine physical processes during earthquake generation and (3) field studies of naturally deformed fault rocks. Much of her work focuses on faults containing serpentinite, a rock common to portions of the San Andreas Fault and creeping segments of other fault systems.