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In October, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching gave Professor of the Year awards to two geologists: BARBARA J. TEWKSBURY, Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Geology at Hamilton College, who received the foundation's 1997 New York Professor of the Year award; and KENNETH VEROSUB, a professor of geology at the University of California, Davis, who received the 1997 California Professor of the Year award. The awards are sponsored in cooperation with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Tewksbury is immediate past president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and has taught at Hamilton College since 1978. She participates in NAGT's Distinguished Speakers Series, and has received three Dwight D. Eisenhower Title IIA awards from the New York State Education Department to cosponsor week-long summer training institutes for secondary school earth-science teachers.
Tewksbury designed a new introductory course, "The Geology and Development of Modern Africa," with a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. More than 50 colleagues around the country have requested background material and assignments from that course.
Verosub has taught at UC Davis since 1975 and is the first UC Davis professor to receive the California Professor of the Year award. He also received the UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award in 1988 and a $30,000 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement from the UC Davis Foundation in 1996. His research focuses on the magnetic properties of sediments and sedimentary rocks.

The 1998 officers of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) are: LOUIS L. JACOBS, Southern Methodist University, president; DAVID W. KRAUSE, State University of New York at Stony Brook, past president; JOHN J. FLYNN, Field Museum of Natural History, vice president; JOHN R. BOLT, Field Museum of Natural History, treasurer; CATHERINE BADGLEY, University of Michigan, secretary; ELIZABETH NICHOLLS, Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, member-at-large; BLAIR VAN VALKENBURGH, University of California, member- at-large; RICHARD L. CIFELLI, University of Oklahoma, member-at-large.
SVP also presented awards during its October 1997 meeting to: COLIN PATTERSON, Romer/Simpson Medal; RYOSUKE MOTANI, Alfred S. Romer Prize; CHURCHILL FAMILY, Morris F. Skinner Prize; JUDITH BACSKAI, GEORGE V. SHKURKIN, and BONNIE RAUSCHER, Joseph T. Gregory Award; BRIAN CURTICE and KRISTINA CURRY, Bryan Patterson Award; DEREK L. PARKER, Richard Estes Award; RICHARD BLOB, Fellowship/Pre-Doctoral; CHANG MEEMANN, DONALD RUSSELL, and WILLIAM TURNBULL, Honorary Membership.

The 1998 officers for the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) are: GERALD E. SEABURN, consultant, president; C. THOMAS HAAN, Oklahoma State University, past president; S. LAWRENCE DINGMAN, University of New Hampshire, senior vice president; MIGUEL A. MEDINA JR., Duke University, vice president for institute development; KENNETH W. POTTER, University of Wisconsin, vice president for academic affairs; JEANETTE H. LEETE, Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources, general secretary; RICHARD A. CASSIDY, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, treasurer; ROMAN KANIVETSKY, Minnesota Geological Survey, chairman of the Board of Registration; ANTONIUS LAENEN, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), secretary of the Board of Registration.
AIH presented the following awards during its annual meeting in November 1997: L. DOUGLAS JAMES, National Science Foundation, Ray K. Linsley Award; WILLIAM BACK, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), C.V. Theis Award; KENNETH N. BROOKS, University of Minnesota, Founders Award; DAVID KEITH TODD, D.K. Todd Consulting Engineers, Honorary Advisory Board Member.

The 1998 officers for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists are: DAVID C. HARRIS, Kentucky Geological Survey, president; LARRY WICKSTROM, Ohio Geological Survey, vice president; KATHARINE LEE AVARY, West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, secretary; LARRY J. CAVALLO, Dominion Appalachian Development Inc., treasurer; KENNETH G. JOHNSON, Skidmore College, past president.
The 1998 Eastern Section officers are: JESSE SHELL, Dominion Appalachian Development Inc., advisory board representative; JAMES C. COBB, Kentucky Geological Survey, EMD Councilor; JANE S. MCCOLLOCH, West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, DEG Councilor.

During its annual meeting in October, the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG) presented its 1997 Student Professional Paper Award to MATTHEW R. COX, a senior in geological engineering at the University of Missouri, Rolla (UMR). Also, PAUL M. SANTI, an assistant professor of geological and petroleum engineering at UMR, received AEG's Douglas R. Piteau Outstanding Young Member Award.

The 1998 officers for the Paleontological Society are: KARL W. FLESSA, University of Arizona, president; PETER R. CRANE, Field Museum of Natural History, president-elect; JERE H. LIPPS, University of California, Berkeley, past president; THOMAS W. HENRY, U.S. Geological Survey, ret. secretary; THOMAS W. KAMMER, West Virginia University, treasurer; MARY L. DROSER, University of California, Riverside, program coordinator; ANN F. BUDD, University of Iowa, managing editor of Journal of Paleontology; DOUGLAS H. ERWIN and SCOTT L. WING, Smithsonian Institution, co-editors of Paleobiology; WALTER L. MANGER, University of Arkansas, special publications editor; H. RICHARD LANE, Houston, councilor; LOREN E. BABCOCK, Ohio State University, councilor. The society also selected 1998 section chairs during its annual meeting in October.

JOHN R. HORNER, an adjunct professor of geology and biology at Montana State University and curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies, has been named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 1997-98. He received the American Geological Institute's (AGI) Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Public Understanding of Geology in 1995.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) awarded its 1997 John Wesley Powell awards to two individuals and an organization. The recipients were: LAWRENCE CALLENDER, USGS Volunteer for Science; the NATIONAL STONE ASSOCIATION; and JAMES HARRISON, of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission. JAMES W. MERCHANT, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, received a Powell award in the spring.

NORMAN R. TILFORD, professor of geology at Texas A&M University and executive director of the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG), was found dead after a month-long search. Tilford left College Station, Texas, on Nov. 13 to join a group of students for a field trip but did not reach his destination of Van Horn. The wreckage of his plane was discovered on Dec. 13 in a densely wooded area nine miles from Johnson City, Texas. A tribute will appear in "People" next month.

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