GRADY PRICE BLOUNT, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Sciences
Professor of Geology
Angelo State University, Office: Vincent #175, Phone: (325) 942-2526
E-Mail: grady.blount@angelo.edu

Narrative Summary: Grady Price Blount is Dean of the College of Sciences at Angelo State University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Space Grant Consortium. Prior to joining the Rams, he served as the Assistant Vice President for Research and Associate Graduate Dean at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He also served as the institutional contact for and mentor for the Teresa Heinz Environmental Scholars program. He was a delegate in 2005 to the American Democracy Project. For a complete pdf-formatted copy of his vitae, click here.

He is an interdisciplinary planetary and environmental scientist specializing in solid surfaces and the dynamic forces which shape them. His teaching interests include the traditional fields of remote sensing, geology (including geomorphology and sedimentology), climatology, and astronomy under the auspices of the integrated tenets of Earth System Science. His research areas have included Mars-analog studies, scientific visualization of environmental variables, reconstruction of pre-European landscapes of the Southwest, and technical aspects of satellite remote sensing calibration and normalization. He is a past member of the International Consultative Committee on Space Data Systems. He was a founding member of the Advisory Committee for the Dept. of the Interior's National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive housed at the EROS Data Center . He also served as a liaison Advisory Committee member to the Distributed Active Archive Center (a.k.a. the Land Processes DAAC) located at EROS. This is one of the main data gathering gateways for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. He built an HRPT satellite ground station for direct reception of environmental satellite data covering southern Texas and Mexico.

Blount participated in the NASA-sponsored Mars: Evolution of Volcanism, Tectonics and Volatiles (MEVTV) study group and he was an invited speaker at the First International Conference on the Environment of Mars. He performed preliminary data analysis on the Clementine mission to the Moon, contributing to the construction of the first-ever high-resolution lunar polar mosaic. In 1998 he completed a three-year NASA JOVE fellowship working with the USGS Planetology Field Center to determine the effects of asteroid and comet impacts on the evolution of the Earth's environment. During his previous career as a journalist, he created the radio program StarDate (1978), which Deborah Byrd of the McDonald Observatory later turned into a nationally syndicated PBS radio program.

Most recently, he has taught:
·  Astronomy of the Solar System
·  Coastal Management and Ocean Law (distance education class)
·  Introduction to Space Science
·  Foundations of Professional Ethics
·  Introduction to Environmental Science
·  Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

 His work has appeared or been cited in the following publications:
·  American Astronomical Society Bulletin
·  Annals of the Association of American Geographers
·  China Journal of Geosciences
·  Ciencias Marinas
·  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
·  Geological Society of America Bulletin
·  Geology
·  Geomorphology
·  Icarus
·  International Guide to Research on Mexico
·  International Journal of Remote Sensing
·  Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
·  Journal of Geophysical Research
·  Marine Geology
·  Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, and Paleoecology
·  Proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
·  Proceedings of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
·  Proceedings of the Geological Society of America
·  Proceedings of the SPIE
·  Progress in Physical Geography
·  Quaternary International
·  Remote Sensing of Environment
·  Revista Mexicano de Ciencias Geológicas
·  Sedimentary Geology
·  Sedimentology
·  Surveying and Land Information Systems
·  Terra Nova

Selected Grants/Funded Research
Selected Publications and Presentations
Education, Memberships, and Certifications

Some Interesting Links...
International Dark Sky Assoiciation
Texas Section: International Dark Sky Assoiciation
My alma mater: School of Earth & Space Exploration
Lunar Picture of the Day
The Texas Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation
A&M-CC Faculty Mentors Page
A Primer on Technical Writing in the Sciences
Doing Perfect PowerPoint Presentations (or at least pretty good ones)
Maps and Myths
Destination: Earth
Space.edu
My Citation Index
My Publication List
Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking Page
Current Two-Line Keplerian Elements
Volcano World
Malin Space Science Systems (Latest Mars Images)
The Sons of the Republic of Texas