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SEATTLE—Brandy Rinck, geoarchaeologist, Science Leadership Program member, and project manager in our Seattle office, has been selected as SWCA’s Lawrence S. Semo Scientific Achievement Award winner for the third quarter of 2016.

Brandy Rinck Brandy exemplifies what it means to apply high-level science to solve problems for SWCA’s clients. By applying geoarchaeology to cultural resource management, she’s able to efficiently identify areas that are archaeologically sensitive and gain a better understanding of buried deposits that would otherwise require expensive excavations. She actively presents her research in forums ranging from local schools to academic conferences and industry events. And, in addition to being a skilled scientist, she is adept at guiding clients through complicated projects.  

The quarterly Lawrence S. Semo Scientific Achievement Award rewards individuals for demonstrating passion, creativity, and scientific excellence in a manner that advances SWCA’s purpose, mission, vision, and values. The award is in honor of Larry Semo, who began working as a biologist for SWCA in Austin in 1993 and transferred to Denver in 1999. A respected and widely published ornithologist and all-around naturalist, Larry had an insatiable desire to learn and a great love for the outdoors until his untimely passing in 2011.  

As a recipient of the quarterly achievement award, Brandy becomes a finalist for the annual Steven W. Carothers Scientific Merit Award.