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Summer 2018 Newsletter

The Summer 2018 edition of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center Newsletter highlights science and selected OKI WSC staff. Science highlights include Nowcast, monitoring in the Western Lake Erie Basin, School Branch watershed monitoring, and  Spring flooding in the tri-state area. Scientists included are Greg Koltun, Thomas Harris, Travis Cole, Catherine Fargen, and Shawn LeMaster.

Message from the Director

The USGS welcomed the arrival of Dr. James F. Reilly II in May as the 17th director of the U.S. Geological Survey. Dr. Reilly is an accomplished explorer, scientist, and public servant who has spent years defending our nation as a Navy Reserve officer and pushing the limits as an astronaut, according to Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Dr. Reilly will lead the 137-year-old agency, which has more than 8,600 employees; conducts research in every state; and is the nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency.

Dr. James F. Reilly
Dr. James F. Reilly II - 17th Director of the US Geological Survey

Most recently, Dr. Reilly served as a subject matter expert and curriculum developer for the U.S. Air Force National Security Space Institute.

Dr. Reilly has extensive leadership experience in the public and private sectors, military, and academic organizations and will bring those skills to the USGS.

A former astronaut, Dr. Reilly completed three shuttle missions and five spacewalks during his 13- year career with NASA. He has logged over 856 hours in space. As the chief geologist for Enserch Exploration, he served on multiple geological expeditions in locations around the world, including on the Antarctic Peninsula and the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Reilly is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and has membership in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Naval Reserve Association, Reserve Officers Association, and the Association of Space Explorers. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in Geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.  


The full Summer 2018 Newsletter is available for download (PDF file).

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