You will often find researchers gathered in one corner of the Laboratory for Advanced Materials in the McCullough Building. It's hard to know whether that is because that's where the lab's electron microprobe is located, or because that's where you would normally find Bob Jones, the technician who supervises the use of that equipment.
The electron microprobe chemically analyzes micron-sized volumes of solids, and it is is among Bob's main preoccupations. Students and other researchers studying materials science use it and the scanning electron microscope located near Bob's office. "They are the smart ones," he quips.
But people also gather to enjoy a cup of coffee with Bob, acknowledged by a faculty member as "one of the nicest and most helpful people I work with."
In recognition of his unique support for the faculty and students in the School of Earth Sciences and in the Laboratory for Advanced Materials, Bob Jones was named a winner of the 1999 Marsh O'Neill Award for excellence in support of research at Stanford University.
Bob is in charge of supervision of all research and teaching microscopes in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. He brings not only technical expertise, but also excellent teaching and communication skills to that job.
Jones teaches a class every winter quarter to about 10 graduate students. He lectures on the theory of electronic probe analysis and provides hands-on guidance on the practical use of the instruments. During the summer he visits the White Mountains, located east of Bishop by the Nevada border, for geologic mapping tasks.
"He . . . simply makes top quality science happen at Stanford," says geological and environmental sciences Professor Elizabeth Miller.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford six years ago, Jones spent 25 years at the University of California-Los Angeles. He grew up in Southern California and received his bachelor's degree in chemistry/geology from San Diego State University.
From the Stanford Report, November 17, 1999
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