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October 2000

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Deep in the heart of Azerbaijan — scientists to study in Texas

The American Geological Institute announced the International Petroleum Geoscience Scholars for 2000 on June 28. Hailing from Azerbaijan, the four scholars (shown at right) arrived in the United States on Aug. 23 for a year’s study in the geological sciences at Texas A&M University. The scholarships were made possible through the financial support of ExxonMobil, Chevron and Frontera Resources. Graduates from the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy, the scholars will have an opportunity for an additional six-week internship at a sponsor’s office in the United States before returning to Baku.

“The scholarship is intended to provide advanced technology training to Azeri scientists,” says Marcus Milling, executive director of AGI.

This is the forth year AGI has coordinated the International Petroleum Geoscience Scholarship in Azerbaijan. Since the program began in 1997, AGI has awarded scholarships to 12 Azeri petroleum geoscientists and works closely with Azerbaijan academic institutions and the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic to identify the most qualified geoscience students.

'Thank you' to Thornton quarry owners

On Aug. 25, The Paleontological Society awarded its Presidential Citation to Material Service Corp. for the company’s support of scientific research and public education over the last 60 years. In particular, the company has helped scientists, students and school groups access and study the 420 million-year old reef exposed at the company’s quarry in Thornton, Ill.

Pictured in photo from left to right:  Jim Bastian, company geologist; Joanne Kluessendorf and Donald Mikulic of the Paleontological Society; Lyndon Dean, retired company geologist; Dave Olson, vice president of operations; and John Halloran, area manager in charge of Thornton Quarry.

Mapping with Dibblee honors

The Seventh Annual Dibblee Medal was awarded June 17 to Thomas A. Steven, a retired research field geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The Dibblee Medal recognizes excellence in field geology and geologic mapping. This year, 88-year-old Tom Dibblee conferred the award at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists meeting in Long Beach, Calif.

Money available for student research grants

The Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Foundation and SEG will be awarding at least $80,000 to support student master’s and doctoral thesis research in economic geology. Grants are also available to support honors thesis research for undergraduates. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2001, and funds will be announced by April 15, 2001. Last year, the foundation awarded $86,500 to 57 students throughout the world. Application forms may be obtained from Richard Nielsen, Chair, SEGF Student Research Grants, 7811 Shaffer Parkway, Littleton, CO 80127. Forms are also available online at: E-mail, call (720)981-7882, x204, or fax (702)981-7874.

President Clinton honors mentors

On Sept. 7, President Clinton presented the 2000 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring to 10 individuals and 10 institutions. Geology professor James Cotter of the University of Minnesota in Morris was among the winners. Since 1986, Cotter has mentored 66 students in the geosciences. Over 80 percent of his mentees have graduated, with 31 continuing into graduate school, 13 entering careers in geology, five becoming educators and two becoming park rangers.

Associate Editor Christina Reed compiles Society Page.

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