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MSU’s Kirkland honored

Brenda Kirkland

Brenda Kirkland

Brenda Kirkland, a Mississippi State University associate professor of geosciences, is the first woman to receive an international award given by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Kirkland has been honored with the Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award.

The award, bestowed on a professional who has significantly contributed to geological education, emphasizes the recipient’s success in teaching, guiding student research, and other university and professional research and involvement.

Kirkland served as a faculty member at the University of Texas for six years before joining the MSU faculty in 2000.
Kirkland’s research ranges from ancient reef systems to studies of calcification in the human body. She has published 34 papers, co-authored or edited three books, and participated in acquisition of more than $5 million in grants, many as a member of the MSU Materials Working Group. Her current research focuses on finding uses for captured carbon dioxide.

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