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Charles “Chip” Groat, director of the U.S. Geological Survey since 1998, resigned from the agency on 17 June to become founding director of The University of Texas at Austin's new Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy.

P. Patrick Leahy, the Survey's associate director for geology, has been named as interim director of USGS. A permanent director must be nominated by U.S. President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.