Laura Serpa, retired Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Texas at El Paso, encourages everyone to get involved in making the world a better place.
How did you first get involved in GSA?
I first got involved in GSA as a graduate student about 40 years ago. I regularly attended GSA meetings—particularly sectional meetings, but also some of the annual meetings—and read articles in GSA journals, so it was logical to join. Also, it was one of the most affordable professional organizations for students at that time. Over the years, I have served on committees and presented talks at GSA meetings, so it became a great place to see old friends and catch up on the latest geoscience.
What inspired you to give to GSA CARES?
I strongly support student involvement in GSA and think students should be encouraged to stay in school and earn degrees in geoscience. I would not have any college degree if it were not for financial help along the way.
What would you like to say to students affected by COVID-19?
Try to avoid getting sick yourselves and stay in school, if possible, even if it is online. This is a great time to go hiking and camping in the wilderness, where rocks may be one of the best things to look at.
What would you like to say to others who want to help during this time?
There are a lot of bad things going on in the world right now, and that is not going to change unless we all try to help. Donations, mentoring, and voting for change are only a few of the things that everyone should be doing now to make things better.