James E. Quick

Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies at Southern Methodist University

James E. Quick

James E. Quick

Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies at Southern Methodist University

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James E. Quick is the associate vice president for research, dean of graduate studies, and professor of earth sciences. Dean Quick comes to SMU after a distinguished twenty-five year scientific career with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). He assumed this newly-created position at the University in August 2007 after serving as Program Coordinator for the Volcano Hazards Program with the Survey.

At the USGS he performed fundamental research on volcanic processes and was in charge of monitoring the nation's 169 volcanoes to provide critical early warning of eruptions. Threats from active volcanoes range from the dramatic destruction of property and life on the ground to eruption of volcanic-ash clouds that constitute severe risks to jet aircraft in flight. The budget for this research group was approximately $26 million per year.

Dean Quick's career with the USGS began in 1981 after he earned his Ph.D. in geology from the California Institute of Technology. His first tour-of-duty was spent in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This six-year assignment allowed him to conduct research on some of the oldest rocks recording the formation of the oceanic crust. He also became a keen observer of the geo-political situation in this important region of the world.

Upon his return to the United States, Dean Quick assembled an international team of scientists to study the magmatic evolution of deep crust, which is the birthplace of the magmas that produce the largest explosive eruptions. His research has taken him to more than 35 countries around the world; he has published widely in numerous scientific journals and maintains an active research agenda on magmatic processes.

Dean Quick is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the Capellini Medal of the Geological Society of Italy. He is a member of the Dallas Council on Foreign Relations, and his professional affiliations include the American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America and the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior.

Jim Quick received his M.Sc. in petrology in 1974 from the University of Minnesota and the B.Sc. in geology in 1972 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies at Southern Methodist University
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M.Sc. in Petrology
Class of 1974

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minnesota, U of M, or The U) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, with the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses being approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) apart. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,853 students in 2012–2013. The university is broadly organized into 19 colleges and schools, and it has sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

B.Sc. in Geology
Class of 1972

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities. Learning and teaching at UCLA are guided by the belief that undergraduate, graduate and professional school students and their teachers belong to a community of scholars. This community is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of disciplines followed by the opportunity for in-depth study in a chosen discipline. All members of the community are engaged together in discovering and advancing knowledge and practice. Learning occurs not only in the classroom but also through engagement in campus life and in communities and organizations beyond the university.

Ph.D. in Geology

California Institute of Technology provides education focusing on science, engineering, academia, business, and public service. The company was founded in 1891 and it is headquartered in Pasadena, CA.

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AGU SEEKS TO PROMOTE DISCOVERY IN EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE FOR THE BENEFIT OF HUMANITY.

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The Geological Society of America (GSA) is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 25,000 individuals in 107 countries. The GSA affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and will continue to develop its diverse base. The GSA is dedicated to maintaining an organizational climate where differing ideas, abilities, backgrounds, and needs are fostered with opportunities for members from divergent experiences to participate and contribute. The GSA recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision-making and leadership. Therefore, GSA strongly encourages participation in any GSA activity of all its members regardless of race, sex, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or disability and will undertake reasonable efforts to ensure that its activities are open to all. (adopted 2 Dec. 2004) Established in 1888, The Geological Society of America provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. The Geological Society's growing membership unites thousands of earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet and share scientific findings.

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The Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (DCFR) seeks to advance dialogue and understanding concerning global issues and to serve as a valuable resource on international policy matters affecting our community, our country, our planet, and the challenges we face globally. Founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization, DCFR endeavors to fulfill this purpose with powerful effect by sustaining a spirited, intellectually alert, and internationally engaged membership. Strategically, DCFR devotes all its available resources to the following mission-driven endeavors for promoting understanding of global affairs: Promoting dialogue and understanding of global issues, international relations, business, and foreign policy among leaders in the Dallas metroplex area and at the same time promoting Dallas to the world of international experts and global thinkers; Connecting business and community leaders who are important to the future of North Texas as a thriving international center; Initiating programs that serve members by expanding knowledge and facilitating frank discussion of relevant geopolitical issues; Generating communications that emphasize independent, forward-looking solutions to pressing global policy problems;

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Associate Vice President for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies
2007 - Current

Southern Methodist University is a private university near the center of Dallas. SMU offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs through seven schools in the humanities and sciences, business, the performing, visual, and communication arts, engineering, education and human development, law, and theology.

Associate Vice President for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies & Professor of Earth Sciences, Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences
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Dedman College was named in 1981 for the late Robert H. Dedman Sr. and his wife, Nancy McMillan Dedman, SMU alumni whose gift endowed the college and enables SMU to remain committed to its legacy as a liberal arts university. In addition to being the oldest academic unit at SMU, Dedman College is also the largest. Students in Dedman College have the advantage of exploring 40 undergraduate majors, 56 minors, 17 master’s programs and 14 doctoral degrees offered in 16 academic departments spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, statistics and interdisciplinary studies.

Program Coordinator, Volcano Hazards Program
1981 - Prior

The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers. The USGS employs the best and the brightest experts who bring a range of earth and life science disciplines to bear on problems. By integrating our diverse scientific expertise, the USGS is able to understand complex natural science phenomena and provide scientific products that lead to solutions. Every day the 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS are working for you in more than 400 locations throughout the United States.

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Southern Methodist University is a private university near the center of Dallas. SMU offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs through seven schools in the humanities and sciences, business, the performing, visual, and communication arts, engineering, education and human development, law, and theology.

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