A new board to help guide geological research has been formed by the National Academy of Sciences' Assembly of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The 15-member Geological Sciences Board probably will hold its first official meeting in April, according to board chairman William R. Dickinson of the University of Arizona.
The board's formation was spurred by the lack of systematic and continuous attention given to geological sciences in the past and by the increasing contributions geology makes to society, explained Joseph W. Berg, Jr., executive secretary of NAS' Office of Earth Sciences. The board is expected to fill a gap in NAS activities where disciplines such as hydrology, paleontology, and geological engineering have not been represented, Dickinson added. These topics have been handled by ad hoc committees.