Accolades: Professors Recognized for Ethics, Outstanding Contributions

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Geissman Recognized for Ethics in Geosciences

Dr. John Geissman

University of Texas at Dallas geosciences professor Dr. John Geissman is well known for his application of the geosciences in service to society and his concern for the long-term stewardship of Earth.

In honor of his career-long dedication to the highest ethical standards and practices of the geoscience profession, the International Association for Promoting Geoethics has awarded Geissman its 2020 Geoethics Medal. The annual award recognizes scientists who have distinguished themselves in applying and assuring ethical approaches in geoscience research and practice.

“I am exceedingly humbled and grateful to receive this honor, but the credit goes to the many outstanding and caring geoscientists, including so very many great students, I have been so fortunate to work with over the years,” Geissman said.

Geissman, who joined the UT Dallas faculty in 2010, is head of the Department of Geosciences in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He has taught courses such as field geology, tectonics, structural geology, exploration geophysics and paleomagnetism, and he has mentored more than 70 graduate students during his career. He also has played a leading role in incorporating geoethics training for undergraduate students in the geoscience curriculum. 

“John has long been an advocate for including geoethics instruction in classes and is interested in the full spectrum of geoethical issues, ranging from our stewardship of the planet to issues of diversity and equity in sciences,” said Dr. Robert Stern, professor of geosciences and former head of geosciences at UT Dallas. “I’m very proud to be at the same university and in the same department as him.”

Geissman’s research focuses on using paleomagnetism and rock magnetism to solve geological questions. He has served as an editor for several journals in his field and is active in multiple professional organizations, including serving as a fellow and past president of the Geological Society of America. He is also a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Jindal School Professors Receive National Honors

Two professors in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas have received national recognition.

Dr. Suresh Sethi

Dr. Suresh Sethi, the Eugene McDermott Chair and professor of operations management, has been selected to receive the 2020 Sushil K. Gupta POMS Distinguished Service Award from the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).

Sethi, who is founder and director of the Center for Intelligent Supply Networks, was president of POMS in 2012 when the Gupta Award was created and has been a POMS fellow since 2005.

The board of POMS also named one of 10 new biennial awards in Sethi’s honor. Beginning in 2022, the society will bestow the Suresh Sethi Best Interdisciplinary Paper Award for the best paper published in each of seven categories.

Sethi is internationally recognized for applying quantitative methods to areas of manufacturing and operations management, finance, economics and marketing. He has written eight books and published nearly 400 papers. He is also a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Royal Society of Canada and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Dr. Riki Takeuchi

Dr. Riki Takeuchi, professor of organizations, strategy and international management and the Dr. Joseph Picken Distinguished Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was elected an initial fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) in the division of Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

The APA fellow designation is given to members with a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field and who show evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions in the field.

Takeuchi, an organizational psychologist, also is coordinator of the International Management Studies PhD Program. His research interests include employee creativity, aspiration performance and performance change patterns.

Takeuchi was named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2018.

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