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Earth Scientist Gerbi Named Kavli Fellow

University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences associate professor Christopher Gerbi has been selected a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. He participated in the 2012 Chinese-American Symposium, which was held Oct. 12–14 in Irvine, Calif., and will serve as an organizer of the 2014 Chinese-American Symposium to be held in China.

Gerbi’s research is in the field of tectonics, with a focus on the mechanical properties of the continental crust.

The program is sponsored by the Kavli Foundation, which supports scientific research, honors scientific achievement, and promotes public understanding of scientists and their work. The National Academy of Sciences’ Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines.

U.S. symposium participants are selected from among recipients of prestigious fellowships, awards, and other honors, as well as from nominations by NAS members and other participants. In addition to learning about research at the frontiers of fields other than their own, the program is intended to create a network of connections that can be maintained as participants advance in their careers. Since its inception, 136 program alumni have been elected to the NAS and eight have won Nobel Prizes.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777

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