Last Updated: 12/19/2008 from 1997 Newsletter

Joe Dixon

Email: j-dixon@tamu.edu

University prior to coming to ASU: Texas A&M
Status at ASU: Visiting scientist
Time period at ASU: 1982 - 1983

My family and myself

After his year at ASU, Joe returned to Texas A&M, where he is Professor of Soils Science. "I have retained a high level of activity into the electron microscopy of soils minerals, especially Fe and Mn oxides. I have recently been examining water dispersible clays from soils and in river waters of Texas relating to particle-mediated contaminant transport in the southeastern US. I have continued to strengthen the teaching of electron microscopy in the Soil Mineralogy course that I give to earth science graduate students each fall and just completed a year as the Program Chair of the Texas Society of Electron Microscopy. I planned two programs and my major contribution was to strengthen the materials area to complement the biological side that has been stronger in the past. I had three scientific meetings within the past month (November), and my TEM work contributed to the five papers that I authored or coauthored and were presented at those meetings." He says he is a bit behind! "I am enjoying an active year of research and teaching with six people working with me. I feel very fortunate to have such a fine group. TEM has helped in addressing a complex assemblage of research programs, mostly in the environmental area. Carl Dufner (whom I met at ASU) is now the Interim Director of their Electron Microscopy Center. My sabbatical at ASU was the best professional decision that I made since my Ph.D."

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