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Richard H. Jahns Lecturer at Georgia State University
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When: October 14, 2016
11:00 AM
Where: Department of Geosciences, Room 314 Kell Hall
24 Peachtree Center Ave
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States
Contact: Matthew Howe

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Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Atlanta Chapter Meeting Announcement

Richard H. Jahns Lecturer at Georgia State University

Friday, October 14, 2016

Topic: What does it take to effectively monitor for environmental and engineering geology projects?

Speaker: Jerome “Jerry” De Graff, 2015-2016 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer

Time: 11:00AM

Place: Department of Geosciences, Room: 3, 24 Peachtree Center Avenue, Kell Hall, Atlanta, GA 30303

About the Speaker: During most of his 36 years in the US Forest Service, Jerome (Jerry) De Graff served in positions designated as being either an environmental or engineering geologist on National Forests in Utah and California. In those capacities, he collected and interpreted geologic information needed for sustainable development, multiple-use management of natural resources, and emergency response. Jerry acted as the in-house geologist providing information about geomorphic processes, groundwater conditions, and other relevant geologic information. During his last 6 years, he was a Forest Service On-Scene Coordinator for Superfund-type issues and responses at abandoned mines and other Forest Service sites in California. Since retiring from government service in February 2014, Jerry continues his geology career teaching graduate courses for the Department of Earth & Environmental Science at California State University-Fresno, acting in editorial and related capacities for various professional journals, and being active in professional organizations.

All through his geology career, Jerry has been active in professional organizations; notably the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG). He joined GSA in 1972, was made a Fellow in 1983, and served as Councilor from 2006-2010. In addition to holding the Chairmanship and other leadership positions in GSA’s Engineering Geology Division, Jerry received their Distinguished Practice Award in 2004. He was honored with their Meritorious Service in 1997 and in 2011. Jerry joined AEG in 1980 and chaired their Committee on Landslides from 1984 to 1995. He received presidential citations in 1995 and 2013 in appreciation for his service to AEG. Jerry is presently Vice-Chair of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter in AEG’s Sacramento Section.

A native of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Jerry graduated from State University of New York-Geneseo with a BS in Education/Earth Science in 1967. He continued to take geology courses there for six years while working full-time. During the last five years while an instructor at the Strasenburgh Planetarium (Rochester, NY), he realized he was too interested in what was beneath his feet to continue talking about what was happening among the stars. So Jerry and his wife moved west where he earned an MS in Geology from Utah State University in 1976. A job offer from the US Forest Service following a year as a USU researcher seemed more attractive than his original goal of returning east to teach in a community college, so he took it and never looked back.

While not hired as a researcher for the US Forest Service, Jerry often undertook extended studies in order to generate needed geologic information. Other opportunities to gain geologic information occurred during overseas assignments in the Caribbean, Thailand, and Italy. When the results seemed interesting, he would make an effort to share the information through presentations at conferences or in publications. Consequently, he has authored or co-authored more than 60 contributions to journals, books, and proceedings volumes. With Dr. Robert B. Johnson, he co-authored the textbook, Principles of Engineering Geology, which was awarded GSA’s E.B. Burwell Jr. Memorial Award in 1989 and AEG’s Claire P. Holdredge Award in 1990. In 2010, Jerry received the annual AEG publication award for the paper, “The formation and persistence of the Matthieu landslide-dam lake, Dominica, W.I.", published in the journal, Environmental and Engineering Geoscience.

Abstract: Monitoring is often part of environmental or engineering geology projects. Monitoring of surface crack development over an active coal mine, herbicide movement in groundwater, and long-term temperature and pH trends in an areas of hot springs illustrate how this activity can develop information important  to project objectives. The presentation will also explore how to ensure the effectiveness of monitoring efforts. 


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