|ABOUT PEOPLE||April 1997|
In March, the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) installed its 1997 executive committee: PERRY O. ROEHL, San Antonio, Texas, president; DEAN KEBERT, Jackson, Miss., vice president; ROBERT D. COWDERY, Wichita, Kan., vice president of natural resources; JOHN M. JURASIN, New Orleans, La., secretary; and H. RUDY PARKISON, Dallas, Texas, treasurer.
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) has announced the winners of its 1997 awards. Recipients include JOSEPH E. WORTHINGTON, Asarco Inc., Ben F. Dickerson Award; ELMER W. GIESEKE, American Cyanamid Co., Howard N. Eavenson Award; BRIJ M. MOUDGIL, University of Florida, Antoine M. Gaudin Award; SPENCER R. TITLEY, University of Arizona, Daniel C. Jackling Award; WILLIAM P. BLACUTT, Corporacion Minera de Bolivia, Robert Peele Memorial Award; BEZALEL C. HAIMSON, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rock Mechanics Award; RICHARD HOGG, Pennsylvania State University, Arthur F. Taggart Award; JOE E. HOUSE, General Mills (retired), Milton E. Wadsworth Extractive Metallurgy Award; and CHRISTOPHER C. WOOMER, Lake Shore Mining Equipment, Inc., J.W. Woomer Award.
RICHARD V. FISHER, a professor emeritus of geological sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, received the Thorarinsson Medal -- the highest honor awarded by the International Association of Volcanologists. Fisher is co-author of Pyroclastic Rocks, a leading volcanology textbook, and has conducted extensive research on international volcanoes and volcanic rocks.
The National Academy of Sciences has honored 18 individuals for their outstanding contributions to science. The awards, which include cash prizes, will be presented on April 28 in Washington, D.C., during the academy's annual meeting.
JOHN ELIOT ALLEN was considered one of the "grand old men" of Oregon geology. An expert on the Columbia River Gorge, he worked as a field geologist, and eventually chief geologist, of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries in its early years. After leaving the department, Allen held several teaching positions and finally settled at Portland State University where he founded the geology department in 1956. When he retired 18 years later, he embarked on a third career - - writing. Allen wrote a weekly geology column for The Oregonian and co-wrote Hiking Oregon's Geology.
JOHN VAN NOSTRAND DORR II worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for 39 years. He spent much of his career in Brazil as a research geologist locating and helping to develop manganese and iron deposits. He also worked to improve geological education in Brazil by helping to establish the Geological Society of Brazil, geology programs in Brazilian universities, and exchange programs for Brazilian professors and students.
CLYDE W. TOMBAUGH, founder of the astronomy research program at New Mexico State University, discovered the planet Pluto in 1930 when he was only 24 years old. Possessing a passion for the heavens, Tombaugh made telescopes out of old farm machinery and car parts -- one such telescope fortuitously landed him a job with the Lowell Observatory in Arizona where he made his famous discovery. In 1955, Tombaugh joined the faculty at New Mexico State University and established a respected research program in astronomy. He retired 18 years later. Jan. 17, 1997.