(Posted May 8, 2001)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Robert Washburn, professor of geology at Juniata College, has been selected to receive the 2001 Outstanding Educator Award from the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists at the association's annual meeting Sept. 23-25 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Washburn was chosen for the honor because "of his outstanding contributions to the education and training of geoscientists."

Washburn joined the Juniata faculty in 1966 and recently earned professor emeritus status at the college's faculty retirement dinner May 11. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1959 and master's degree in geology in 1961, both from the University of Nebraska. He went on to earn a doctorate in geology in 1966 from Columbia University.

Washburn's research interests are in structural geology, sedimentology and environmental geology. He has kept current in his field by pursuing additional studies at Stanford University, and Penn State University. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Sigma Xi. He was named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1995.

He was a member of the Huntingdon County Planning Commission for more than 20 years. He received the Huntingdon County Environmental Achievement Award from the Huntingdon County commissioners in 1997.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.