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Eric Jerde elected vice president of KASEric Jerde



Morehead State University’s Dr. Eric Jerde, associate professor of geology, was recently elected vice president of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences.

He was elected during the 99h Annual Kentucky Academy Science Meeting which was held at MSU.

Dr. Jerde received a bachelor’s degree in physics from St. Cloud State University, a master’s in structural geology from Washington State University, and his Ph.D. degree in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991 with an emphasis on geochemistry. 

While at UCLA, he studied the chemical systematics of lunar rocks, meteorites, and the evolution of igneous rocks in northeastern Minnesota. Post-doctoral work was at the University of Tennessee in geochemistry and environmental chemistry, followed by four years of work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a radiochemist. 

The work at Oak Ridge involved neutron activation for chemical analysis, and work in collaboration with the high-energy physics group as part of the design and development of the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge, which is now in operation. 

Currently, Dr. Jerde has research interests continuing in the geology of the Moon and in atmospheric science related to climate change.  He has received several internal grants, as well as a NSF EPSCoR grant, and a NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant to purchase a scanning electron microscope, which is housed in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at MSU. He has more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and geologic maps, and more than 70 additional publications related to conference presentations.

Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Jerde at 606-783-5406.

Nadeera Ekanayake
Nadeera Ekanayake, from Sri Lanka, is a graduate student in the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology(SLIIT). She has more than 3 years of industrial experience working as a software engineer for an ERP software development company. Nadeera joined MSU in spring 2012 and works as a graduate assistant in the AET department.

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