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The National Honor Society for the

Earth Sciences

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Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Dept. of Earth Science

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0335



Paula Even 319-505-3391


Fax: 319-273-7124



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Congratulations to our 2017 Quality Chapters!

Gamma Sigma, University of Northern Iowa

Gamma Chi, Eastern Illinois University

Eta Gamma, Weber University











Congratulations to our 2017 SGE Chapter Service Award Recipients!

Gamma Chi, Eastern Illinois University

Eta Gamma, Weber State University












Daniel F. Merriam





The officers, advisors and members of Sigma Gamma Epsilon wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Daniel Merriam. Dr. Merriam passed away on April 26, 2017 at the age of 90. Dan was active in SGE for many years, serving as National President 1990-1995 and as Editor of The Compass, the earth-science journal of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, for several years. After stepping down as Editor, he occasionally served as Guest Editor for Special Issues of The Compass. He was named an Honorary Member of SGE in 1995. Dan received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from the University of Kansas. He also obtained MSc and DSc degrees from Leicester University. Dr. Merriam joined the Kansas Geological Survey in 1953. He became Chair of the Department of Geology at Syracuse University in 1971 and in 1981 assumed the Chair position at Wichita State University. He came back to the Kansas Geological Survey in 1991 and retired from the Survey in 1997, remaining active in the KGS as an Emeritus Scientist. Dan published widely in the area of quantitative modeling in geology, and, in fact, was a pioneer in promoting the use of computers in the geosciences.