|ABOUT PEOPLE||December 1997|
The Geological Society of America (GSA) held its
annual meeting in October, in Salt Lake City. The
1998 officers were elected, and numerous awards
The new officers are VICTOR R. BAKER, University of Arizona, president; GEORGE A. THOMPSON, Stanford University, past president; GAIL M. ASHLEY, Rutgers University, vice president; and DAVID E. DUNN, University of Texas, Dallas, treasurer. New Honorary Fellows are JOHN R.L. ALLEN, University of Reading; DANIEL BERNOULLI, Geologisches Institut, Switzerland; UMBERTO G. CORDANI, Instituto de Estudos, Brazil; and DAN P. MCKENZIE, Bullard Laboratories, England.
JOHN D. BREDEHOEFT, U.S. Geological Survey, received the Penrose Medal. The Day Medal was awarded to EDWARD IRVING, Geological Survey of Canada. EDOUARD G. BARD, Universite d'Aix-Marseille III, received the Donath Medal (Young Scientist Award), and ROBERT L. FUCHS, GSA Foundation, RICHARD A. HOPPIN, University of Iowa, FAITH E. ROGERS, GSA, and BENNIE W. TROXEL, won GSA Distinguished Service Awards.
Other GSA award recipients include TJEERD H. VAN ANDEL, Cambridge University, Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology Award; ALEXANDER RANKIN CAMERON, Geological Survey of Canada, Gilbert H. Cady Award; ROBERT L. SCHUSTER, U.S. Geological Survey, and A. KEITH F. TURNER, Colorado School of Mines, E.B. Burwell Jr. Award; ROBERT S. WHITE, Cambridge University, George P. Woollard Award; KENNARD B. BORK, Denison University, History of Geology Award; LEONARD F. KONIKOW, U.S. Geological Survey, O.E. Meinzer Award; RONALD GREELEY, Arizona State University, G.K. Gilbert Award; GRANT A. MEYER, Middlebury College, STEPHEN G. WELLS, Desert Research Institute, and A.J. TIMOTHY JULL, University of Arizona, Kirk Bryan Award; and HANS RAMBERG, Sweden, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division Career Contribution Award.
The 1998 Executive Committee of the American Institute of Professional Geologists includes STEPHEN M. TESTA, Testa Environmental, president; WILLIAM J. SIOK, vice president; THOMAS G. FAILS, president-elect; JOHN L. BOGNAR, secretary; ROBERT M. COLPITTS JR., treasurer; J. DALE NATIONS, editor; and ROBERT N. BRAUNSTEIN, PEGGY L. CARPENTER, W.K. COLEMAN, and GARY E. VAN GUILDER, advisory board representatives.
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers
inducted 1998 officers at its annual meeting in
October. The new president is JOHN WAGNER,
Clemson University. The other officers are
GREGORY WHEELER, California State
University, 1st vice president; JEFFREY
NIEMITZ, Dickinson College, 2nd vice
president; BARBARA TEWKSBURY, Hamilton
College, past president; and SAMUEL
HUFFMAN, University of Wisconsin, River Falls,
At the October meeting, the 1997 Neil Miner Award was presented to WILLIAM WARREN CRAIG, chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of New Orleans. M. DANE PICARD, a professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah, received the 1997 James H. Shea Award.
The new president-elect of the Soil Science Society of America is GARY W. PETERSEN, Pennsylvania State University. LEE E. SOMMERS, Colorado State University, is president. KANG XIA, University of Wisconsin, received the Emil Truog Award. The Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award was presented to SRIDHAR KOMARNENI, Pennsylvania State University. Soil Science Distinguished Service Awards were given to EUGENE J. KAMPRATH, North Carolina State University, and DONALD R. NEILSEN, University of California. WILLIAM T. FRANKENBERGER, University of California, Riverside, received the Soil Science Research Award; the Soil Science Education Award was given to RAYMOND R. WEIL, University of Maryland; Soil Science Applied Research went to G. CLARKE TOPP, Agri-Food Canada. The Professional Service Award was presented to B.C. DARST, Potash & Phosphate Institute, and JOHN RYAN, ICARDA, won the International Soil Science Award.
The 1998 Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
officers are ANNE CAVAZOS, ICF Kaiser
consultant, president; DEBRA WILLIAMS,
environmental quality specialist, president-elect;
ALLISON KOZAK, HKS Environmental, past
president; SEAN HUNT, Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources, secretary; and SARAH
STOLL, retired petroleum geologist, treasurer.
LINDA SCHIEBER, geoscience instructor, is
serving her second term as the AWG editor. At-
large delegates are RACHEL CRAIG, Kent
State University, PRANOTI ASHER, Georgia
Southern University, and JOANN
KLUESSENDORF, University of Illinois, Urbana-
The AWG Foundation presented its 1997 Outstanding Educator Award to LISA PRATT, a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University.
The new officers for the Geoscience Information
Society (GIS) are CONNIE MANSON, Washington
Division Geology and Earth Resources, president;
CHARLOTTE R.M. DERKSEN, Branner Library,
Stanford University, vice president/president-
elect; BARBARA DEFELICE, Kresge Library,
Dartmouth College, past president; LISA G.
DUNN, Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of
Mines, secretary; and SUSAN GOODMAN,
Library of Science and Medicine, Rutgers
In addition to the two awards listed in the November issue of Geotimes, GIS presented its Best Guidebook Award for 1997 to STEVEN M. GREEN and ERIC STRUHSACKER for their book, Geology and Ore Deposits of the American Cordillera: Field Trip Guidebook Compendium, published by the Geological Society of Nevada.
DAVID FALVEY will become director of the British Geological Survey in January. He has been director of the international Ocean Drilling Program at the Joint Oceanographic Institutions in Washington, D.C., since 1994.
In September, the American Association for the Advancement of Science announced section officers to replace the late Eugene Shoemaker and the late Charles Drake. MARYELLEN CAMERON, of the National Science Foundation, will be member-at- large of the Section Committee, and PRISCILLA GREW, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, will be council delegate.
PAUL R. KRUTAK, chair of the Department of Geosciences at Fort Hays State University, Kansas, has been designated that institution's 1997 President's Distinguished Scholar.
The Paleontological Research Institution presented the 1997 PRI Student Award in Systematic Paleontology to ROBERT J. ASHER from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, earlier this year.
The State University of New York, Stony Brook, announced the accomplishments of two members of its Department of Geosciences. Associate Professor WILLIAM HOLT received a career award from the National Science Foundation's Geophysics Program; and the Committee on Mineral and Rock Physics of the American Geophysical Union named BAOSHENG LI, a recent Ph.D. graduate, the "Outstanding Student for 1996."
CHARLES BUTLER HUNT, executive director of
the American Geological Institute in 1954-55, died
Sept. 3 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hunt,
who early in his career was a geologist at the
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), taught geography at
The Johns Hopkins University from 1961 until 1973,
when he joined the faculty at New Mexico State
University. In 1976, he became a visiting scholar
at the University of Utah.
Upon joining the USGS in 1930, he undertook a study of the Henry Mountains in a remote area of Utah. He studied the geology of Death Valley, the Colorado River, and New Mexico's Mount Taylor as well, and recorded everything he learned in detailed and descriptive notes. Much of Hunt's work was studied by other scholars and eventually published. He was an author himself, writing historic geology texts and completing the notebooks of Grove Karl Gilbert, a 19th-century geologist.
Johns Hopkins professor M. Gordon "Reds" Wolman said of Hunt: "He taught courses, wrote books and scientific papers, and went out to the Southwest to do geological mapping. This was his idea of 'a day's work.' ... Whatever he saw interested him. [His reports] were first-rate stuff and very inspirational."
SUSAN ROSTBERG EKDALE, a long-time member of the Geological Society of America and the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), died on March 29. She was past-president of the Salt Lake Chapter of AWG, and at the time of her death was employed as a geologic records manager for Kennecott Exploration Company.
AIPG Honors AGI Executive Director Marcus Milling, Other Professional Geologists
The American Institute of Professional Geologists
(AIPG) has announced the recipients of its 1997
honors and awards. AIPG's most distinguished
award, the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, was
presented to MARCUS E. MILLING, the
executive director of the American Geological
Institute (AGI). He was cited for his dedicated
and effective service to the earth-science
Since 1992, Milling has lent his experience and vision to AGI, revitalizing the institute and improving its programs and products. He joined AGI after a successful stint as the associate director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas, Austin. He also spent years with the ARCO Oil and Gas Company and Exxon Company USA, playing a major role in important petroleum discoveries for both companies.
Milling, a native of Galveston Island, Texas, holds degrees from Lamar University and the University of Iowa, where he is a member of the Geology Department's Advisory Council and has been named a distinguished alumnus. William L. Fisher writes in the AIPG Citation that the secrets of Milling's success are "his remarkable talents in working with people, his sense of direction with clearly defined agendas, and his uncanny ability to recognize quality in both people and products."
ROBERT K. MERRILL is the 1997 recipient of the Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding service to AIPG. He was president of the AIPG Executive Committee in 1996, chaired the National and International Affairs Committee for two years and, according to Jonathan G. Price, worked "behind-the-scenes to make AIPG an even better organization for the science and profession of geology."
The John T. Galey Sr. Memorial Public Service Award was presented to JAMES E. SLOSSON in recognition of his "exemplary dedication to public service." Slosson, a member of 15 professional organizations and the author of more than 100 articles, has served on numerous committees and is currently the vice chair of the California Seismic Safety Commission.
ADOLF U. HONKALA, AIPG president in 1973 and 1983 Ben Parker Medalist, and ERNEST K. LEHMANN, chairman of the AIPG Foundation, have been awarded Honorary Memberships in AIPG. The 1997 Outstanding Achievement Award honored JOHN MCPHEE, the author of more than 20 books, including Encounters with the Archdruid and the Basin and Range tetralogy. The award recognizes McPhee as "an individual who exemplifies excellence in the writing of geological nonfiction."
The 1997 recipients of the Presidential Certificate of Merit are DAVID M. ABBOTT JR., ROBERT N. BRAUNSTEIN, CURTIS J. COE, BARBARA H. MURPHY, JAMES D. SHOTWELL, and GARY E. VAN GUILDER.