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President Clinton nominated Gordon P. Eaton to be the new director of the U.S. Geological Survey on January 5. According to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, “Dr. Eaton is the ideal candidate to lead the nation's premier water and Earth science information agency at a time when we are facing many critical decisions on the environment.”

Eaton is currently director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and was formerly employed by the USGS for 16 years. In addition, he served as president of Iowa State University in Ames, and provost vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also an AGU member.