Dr. Lee Florea, assistant professor of Environmental Geoscience in the Department of Geography and Geology, has been elected to the executive committee of the National Speleological Society.
As Executive Vice President for the Society, Dr. Florea’s primary responsibilities are to oversee NSS publications, grants, exploration committees, and liaisons to scientific organizations. The two flagship components of the office are the ISI-ranked Journal of Cave and Karst Studies and the Ralph Stone Award that supports graduate studies in cave and karst science.
The purpose of the Society, according to its constitution, is to promote interest in and to advance in any and all ways the study and science of speleology, the protection of caves and their natural contents, and to promote fellowship among those interested therein. The NSS was founded on Jan. 1, 1941, and incorporated existing members of the Speleological Society of the District of Columbia at that time, along with members of other societies whose primary purpose is the study of speleology or exploration of caves. The NSS has about 12,000 members, and more information about the Society’s activities can be found online.
“Service by faculty to professional organizations is a critical part of academic citizenship and is key to maintaining and promoting the health of discipline-centered societies like the NSS,” said Dr. David Keeling, Geography and Geology Department Head. “The department is proud of its long tradition of service to professional organizations at the local, national, and international level, and congratulates Dr. Florea on his election to this important position within the NSS.”
Contact: Lee Florea at (270) 745-5982