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Studio portrait of Dr. David Shaw
David Shaw (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw has been named general secretary of the American Geophysical Union.

AGU is a world community of scientists working throughout disciplines in Earth and house science. As general secretary of the group, Shaw will serve on the board and government committee, in addition to chair the finance and funding committee.

“David has the financial experience as well as consensus building and leadership skills we are looking for as AGU implements a new strategic plan and navigates a world still dealing with a pandemic,” AGU Past President Robin Bell mentioned in an announcement last week.

In his present position at MSU, Shaw oversees all tutorial operations of Mississippi’s largest college. Prior to changing into provost, he led analysis and financial improvement efforts for the National Science Foundation prime 100 college. A William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at MSU, he served as founding director of the Northern Gulf Institute, a NOAA Cooperative Institute, and the Geosystems Research Institute, which focuses on spatial expertise visualization and computational modeling.

Shaw is a fellow of the Weed Science Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2017, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program chosen him for its prestigious U.S.-France International Education Administrators Program. He holds a bachelor’s diploma in agriculture from Cameron University in Oklahoma and a grasp’s and doctorate from Oklahoma State University, each in weed science.

AGU helps 130,000 lovers to specialists worldwide in Earth and house sciences. Through broad and inclusive partnerships, the group goals to advance discovery and resolution science that speed up data and create options which might be moral, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values. For extra, go to

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