GSA Welcomes New Ethics and Compliance Officer
For immediate release
Boulder, CO, USA: The Geological Society of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Nan Stout as
first Ethics and Compliance Officer. She will work to enhance GSA’s commitment to building and sustaining a
of ethical civil behavior in the geosciences.
GSA Council has clearly communicated its intention to be proactive in efforts to promote and endorse ethical
professional behavior in all facets of the Society’s activities, including meetings, field and work
and in the conveyance of scientific findings through its publications and conferences. This position was
as a next step in the process, following development of GSA’s Code of Conduct for Events, and a spring
the GSA ad hoc Ethics Committee.
Ms. Stout has a JD from Boston College Law School and has worked extensively in the private sector
compliance programs. She has most recently been a Clinical Professor in Business Ethics at Colorado State
University and before that, a lecturer in business ethics for undergraduates at the Leeds School of
University of Colorado Boulder.
Ms. Stout began her tenure with GSA on 31 August 2018. “We are confident that Nan will be able to build our
professional ethics program and provide excellent training for GSA members and leaders, as well as serve as
meetings ombudsman,” said GSA Executive Director Vicki McConnell. “Her work with our members, participants
events, and journal authors, will be pivotal in achieving GSA’s mission and strategic goals.”
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The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with members from academia,
and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the
professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered
Boulder, Colorado, USA, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social
fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.