John Clemens, Jour ’79 retired in August 2016 from the U.S. Geological Survey after a 25-year career as a federal science communicator. He was the media spokesperson and congressional liaison for the USGS Washington Water Science Center. He also served as a public information officer during the 2014 Oso landslide, the 2009 floods in western Washington, and the 2004 eruptive phase of Mt. St. Helens. During his career in public affairs, media relations and outreach, he received several awards from the USGS, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Association of Government Communicators. He lives in Tacoma, Wash.