She was selected for the Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers in 2018 and 2020.
SOCORRO, NM, October 05, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Virginia T. McLemore, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. McLemore celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. McLemore is a principal senior economic geologist with the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The Bureau, which is headquartered in Socorro, serves as the official state geological agency responsible for the investigation of geology, mineral and water resources statewide. Dr. McLemore is specifically charged with informing various officials and decision makers in the industry regarding matters of mining and minerals-related information pertaining to the state. Prior to her promotion in 2017, she spent more than 20 years as a senior economist geologist for the Bureau, and nearly 15 years as a geologist.
Apart from her career as a geologist, Dr. McLemore has taught as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, since the early 1990s. She currently teaches one three-credit course each year to graduate level students, which alternate between Geology of Uranium Deposits, Geology and Economics of Industrial Minerals, Geology and Economics of Critical and Strategic Minerals, and Mineral Deposits in New Mexico. A competitive shooter since 1984, Dr. McLemore is also a rifle coach on campus. As a scholar and researcher, she has contributed scholarly-articles to various peer-reviewed journals and co-authored the 1989 book, "Uranium Resources New Mexico," with W.L. Chenoweth. She has published more than 300 articles.
Dr. McLemore grew up in Baltimore. Becoming fascinated with science during her childhood, she took a particular interest in geology. After graduating from Woodland Senior High School, she studied at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in geology and geophysics in 1977 and a Master of Science in geology in 1980. She later received a Doctor of Philosophy in geoscience at the University of Texas in 1993. Dr. McLemore has been a certified professional geologist since 1986.
As a testament to her commitment in her field, Dr. McLemore is a member of several pertinent organizations. Among them, she is active with the Society of Economic Geologists, Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), Association of Exploration Geochemists, and New Mexico Geological Society. She is also an elected fellow of the Geological Society of America. Additionally, Dr. McLemore is a member of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association Inc., the National Rifle Association of America and the New Mexico Tech Shooting Sports Club.
Dr. McLemore was selected for the Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers in 2018 and 2020. She also received a second place award in smallbore rifle from the National Rifle Championships.
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