June 16, 2008

Subaru Sponsors the Geological Society of America

CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc., SOA, announced it will sponsor the Geological Society of America, GSA, for the eighth consecutive year.

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With more than 21,000 members, GSA provides access to elements essential to the professional growth of earth scientists at all levels of expertise.

"We are proud to support the Geological Society of America," said Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "At Subaru, we value programs such as this that contribute to continuing education."

GSA President John M. (Jack) Sharp, Jr. stated that, "GSA is pleased that Subaru has joined us as a corporate partner in pursuit of the Society's core missions."

The sponsorship includes awards and grants made by Subaru to those involved with the study of earth sciences. The sponsorship also helps fund the Women in Geology Mentor program, Subaru Minority Earth Science award, Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award and Earthcache.

In its second year, the Women in Geology Mentor program addresses issues faced by women in geology in a relaxed forum. The program is held at the GSA Annual Meeting, and features women geologists who have excelled in their fields giving motivational and informational speeches.

The Subaru Minority Earth Science award is $1,000 that is given to six minority students nominated in different GSA regional sections. GSA began the program to encourage minority students to continue Earth science studies.

Another award GSA grants is the Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Award in memory of Doris M. Curtis, GSA's first female president. The prestigious award is given to women who have made a significant impact on the geosciences with their Ph.D. research.

GSA's EarthCache program teaches about EarthCaches; which are special places people can visit to learn the unique geoscience features or aspects of our Earth. Subaru is the proud EarthCache Web site sponsor. While visiting the Web site people can navigate to 3,023 EarthCache listings in over 70 countries. Teachers can also visit http://www.earthcache.org/ and download EarthCache lesson plans.

Subaru is also the 2008 GSA Annual Conference diamond sponsor. The convention attracts more than 6,000 attendees across all disciplines to participate in a high-energy science exchange. Technical sessions, hot topics, field trips, special events, and more offer something for everyone. This year the conference will be held Oct. 5 -- 7, in Houston, Texas.

The Geological Society of America

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 21,000 members representing academia, government, and industry in more than 90 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colo., GSA also fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues and supports all levels of earth science education. Visit http://www.geosociety.org/ for more information.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics. For additional information visit http://www.subaru.com/.

   Heather Ward   Subaru of America, Inc.   856-488-5093   [email protected]  

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Subaru of America, Inc.

CONTACT: Heather Ward of Subaru of America, Inc., +1-856-488-5093,[email protected]

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