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Eileen Van der Flier-Keller the 2009 recipient of the GAC Neale Medal

Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Eileen Van der Flier-Keller has been named the 2009 recipient of the Geological Association of Canada Neale Medal. This honour is awarded to an individual for their outstanding efforts in sharing earth science with Canadians.

In 2006 Eileen produced the widely acclaimed publication, A Field Guide to the Identification of Pebbles. Featuring over 80 beautiful photographs of pebbles from beaches and rivers, this easy-to-use guide is full-colour, laminated and accordion folded. A great resource for Earth Science curriculum units in schools, the short text deals with how rocks form and how to tell if a rock is igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic; use the photos to identify over 28 different types of rocks and minerals.

Eileen Van der Flier-Keller has been cited for her work in promoting geoscience outreach and awareness to teachers through EdGEO, for disseminating geoscience knowledge to the public via publications and talks and especially in reaching the hearts and minds of the next generation of Canadian Earth scientists. Eileen is a geologist and Associate Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Victoria. She is also the author of the South Vancouver Island Earth Science Fun Guide and lives in Victoria, BC.

The Earth Science community owes much to the recipients of the E.R. Ward Neale medalists and Eileen Van der Flier-Keller is a most worthy member of their ranks.