August 1999


The American Geological Institute (AGI) Foundation recently designated a fund in the name of the HOWARD ROSS GOULD and MARILYN BRADLEY GOULD Earth Science Education Endowment Fund.
   The Goulds established the fund to support AGI’s program for creating earth-science curricula for K–12 education. “We want to encourage youngsters — K through 12 — to be better educated in the earth sciences, and we want to encourage secondary schools to provide programs in earth science, so today’s youth can increase their literacy in earth science and science in general,” Gould says. The fund grows from Gould’s past service on AGI’s Education Advisory Committee. “I think this is one of the most important programs of AGI.” The Goulds also support a research fellowship given annually to a graduate student in the University of Southern California’s Department of Earth Sciences.
   Howard Gould has been an active member of the geoscience community since he earned his Ph.D. in geology in 1953 from the University of Southern California (USC). While a student at USC, he met his wife, Marilyn Bradley, a fellow graduate student studying marine biology. Howard Gould worked as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and as an assistant professor of oceanography at the University of Washington until 1956, when he joined Humble Oil and Refining Co. in Houston. He subsequently became manager of geological research, and then joined Exxon Production Co. as a research scientist, the highest technical ranking in the company at the time. During his time at Exxon, he provided the vision and leadership that advanced the company’s stratigraphic research to world-class status. He remained at Exxon until retiring in 1986.
   Howard Gould is an honorary member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, and a past president of both
the Geological Society of America
and AGI.

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists elected new officers in June for 1999-2000. They are: President M. RAY THOMASSON, Thomasson Partner Associates; President-Elect MARLAN W. DOWNEY, University of Oklahoma; Vice President CARL J. SMITH, Live Oak Reserves; Secretary CHARLES R. NOLL JR., Live Oak Reserves; and Treasurer TERRY L. HOLLRAH, Hollrah Exploration Co.

The Association of American State Geologists elected new officers in June: President JAMES M. ROBERTSON, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey; Past-President LARRY D. WOODFORK, West Virginia Geological Survey; President-Elect JONATHAN G. PRICE, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology; Vice President VICKI COWART, Colorado Geological Society; Secretary M. LEE ALLISON, Kansas Geological Survey; and Treasurer JOHN C. STEINMETZ, Indiana Geological Survey.

VICKI J. COWART, state geologist for Colorado and director of the Colorado Geological Survey, received the alumni Distinguished Achievement Medal from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in May. She has served on and chaired several committees of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and acted as both editor and treasurer for the Denver Geophysical Society. Cowart founded the Denver Chapter of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) and served as AWG’s first nationally elected president and as treasurer of the AWG Foundation for four years. She is currently an advisor to the foundation’s board of directors. Cowart is also a member of the Geotimes editorial board. She received her master’s degree in geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines in 1977.

In March, the U. S. Senate confirmed T. J. GLAUTHIER as Deputy Secretary of Energy. He will supervise the Environmental Quality and Energy Resources programs, which include energy efficiency, renewable energy, and fossil and nuclear energy programs, as well as oversee the U.S. Department of Energy’s oil and gas strategy. Glauthier is the former associate director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at the Office of Management and Budget.

AMORY B. LOVINS and L. HUNTER LOVINS, co-founders and co-chief executive officers of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), received the 1999 Lindbergh Award on May 18 for their outstanding achievements in energy and environmental practice and policy. Amory Lovins, Research Director and Chief Financial Officer of RMI, is also a physicist. Hunter Lovins is a lawyer, sociologist, and political scientist. They founded RMI in 1982 as an independent, nonprofit resource policy center devoted to the efficient and sustainable use of resources.
   The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the Lindberghs’ vision of a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation. The annual Lindbergh Award recognizes lifelong contributions toward this vision.

BOB F. PERKINS, a charter member of the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Sedimentary Geology (GCSSEPM) and executive director of the GCSSEPM Foundation, died unexpectedly on April 11 in West Hartland, Conn.
   Born in Greenville, Texas, Perkins received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and taught at SMU and the University of Houston while earning his doctorate from the University of Michigan. Perkins discovered an interest in editing and book publishing while working at Louisiana State University’s School of Geosciences, where he eventually served as chairman. Perkins helped create and edit the series Geoscience and Man. In 1975, he became professor of geology and dean of the graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington.
   Throughout his career, he developed a collection of Cretaceous reef-builders and wrote many articles on the paleontology and paleobiology of Mesozoic reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Mediterranean basins and on the implications of trace fossils.
   After the first GCSSEPM Research Conference in 1980, Perkins recognized the importance of the conference for the petroleum community and suggested the creation of  the GCSSEPM Foundation, which would support the conference. He served as executive director of the foundation from 1983 until his death.

JOHN E. HUSTED, professor emeritus of chemical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, died April 30 of complications resulting from a long battle with cancer. He was 83 years old.
   Husted had degrees from Hampton Sydney College, the University of Virginia, and Florida State University. He was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers and was a fellow of the Geological Society of America.


The Geological Society of America and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) dedicated the NATIONAL WATER QUALITY LABORATORY (NWQL) on June 9 at the Denver Federal Center in Colorado.
   NWQL provides analytical services for the USGS mission to gather data for determining the location, amount, availability, and quality of ground- and surface-water resources. USGS offices and affiliates send the laboratory about 30,000 samples every year to test for chemical constituents. It is one of the largest environmental water-testing facilities in the United States.

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