Jim received a B.S. in Geology from University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Geochemistry from SUNY-Stony Brook. Jim was a Research Geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for 18 years, specializing in lunar sample studies and microanalysis of geologic materials, and served as Chief of the Electron Microprobe Project at the USGS-Reston, VA headquarters. Jim then joined the University of South Carolina’s Geosciences Department, continuing research on lunar samples and revitalizing the Electron Microprobe facility. Jim then joined the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady NY, where he carried out material characterization and laboratory/project management.
Jim joined the Microbeam Analysis Society in 1979, co-organized the Fifty years of Electron Probe Microanalysis Symposium and its Microscopy and Microanalysis special issue. He served as MAS Director (2003–2005) and Treasurer (2007-2010). As Treasurer, he redefined the Treasurer, business office, and accounting functions, thereby reducing Society operating expenses. He also helped define the funding procedures for MAS Topical Workshops and M&M Meeting co-sponsor funding, simplified/clarified financial reporting to the membership, and helped channel more funds for student support.
Jim considered it a privilege and very rewarding to be able to serve MAS in these capacities in order to aid in advancing the Society’s promotion of scientific/technical knowledge for its members and for the entire microanalysis community.