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Release: Oct. 3, 2000

UI's Foster elected Fellow of Geological Society of America

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- C. Tom Foster, associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts department of geoscience, has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Foster, who came to the university in 1978 as an assistant professor of geology, has research interests in the field of metamorphic petrology -- the study of rocks that have been changed by heat and pressure in the deep parts of mountain belts -- as well as field mapping, fossil shape analysis and the application of mathematical models and computer techniques to geology.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1971 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his master’s degree in 1974 and doctorate in 1975 from Johns Hopkins University, all in geology. He was acting assistant professor of geology (1975-77) and a post-doctoral fellow (1977) at UCLA. From 1982-87, he was a consultant to Unocal Research/Molycorp on metamorphosed mineral deposits. Foster is a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and a member of the American Geophysical Union.