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J. Frederick Read honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 21, 2010 – J. Frederick Read, professor of geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1973, Read made significant contributions in research on sedimentology and stratigraphy, authoring over 100 publications. He served as associate editor of the Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists' (AAPG) Distinguished Lecturer, and the John Curtin International Institute Fellow at Curtin University in Bentley, Australia. Read also received the AAPG Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award, the Society of Sedimentary Geology's Pettijohn Medal for Excellence in Sedimentology, the Eastern AAPG's Outstanding Educator Award, and four Outstanding Paper Awards.

Under his direction, the Virginia Tech sedimentology and stratigraphy program was ranked ninth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. As a professor, Read taught a wide range of geosciences courses ranging from freshman to advanced graduate level. He also advised and counseled numerous undergraduate and graduate students and served at the graduate advisor for 11 master's and 16 doctoral students.

Read received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia.

Written by Krystyne Hayes. Hayes, of Front Royal, Va., holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.