|ABOUT PEOPLE||OCTOBER 1996|
Recipients of the National Medal of Science, who were honored at a White House ceremony in August, include RUTH PATRICK, an expert in freshwater ecology. Patrick, a geologist by training, developed principles of biodiversity and pollution that support modern environmental science and ecosystem management. She is one of the world's authorities on the ecology of rivers and river pollution.
The American Institute of Professional Geologists recognized the accomplishments and professional contributions of the following individuals at the organization's annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, in October: WILLIAM L. FISHER, Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal; WILLIAM V. KNIGHT, Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award; JOHN W. ROLD, John T. Galey Sr. Memorial Public Service Award; and ROBERT R. JORDON and CHARLES J. MANKIN, Award of Honorary Membership.
Seven young Russian geoscientists arrived in Houston in late August to begin a year-long advanced training program in energy resource development and economics, sponsored by the American Geological Institute and the Russian Federation Committee on Geology and Mineral Resources (ROSCOMNEDRA).
ROBERT URAM, director of the Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, resigned Sept. 15. KATHRINE L. HENRY, an associate solicitor in the Department's Division of Minerals Resources, will serve as acting director until an appointment is made.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) has announced the winners of awards for technical presentations at its 1996 meeting, which was held in May. JAMES P. DISIENA, FRED J. HILTERMAN, and RICHARD W. VERM, Geophysical Development Corp., Houston, won the 1996 George C. Matson Award for best oral paper. The 1996 Jules Braunstein Award for best poster presentation went to CYNTHIA BLANKENSHIP, D.A. STAUBER, D.S. EPPS, C.G. GUDERJAHN, and J.D. OLDROYD, BP Exploration, Houston.
WILLIAM A. WULF, AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia, will serve as interim president of the National Academy of Engineering until a special election is held to select a permanent president.
WILLIAM C. PENTTILA, president of Exploration Associates International of Texas Inc., was awarded "The Polar Star" -- the highest honor of the Mongolian government -- for his contributions to oil exploration in Mongolia and enhanced Mongol-American cooperation. Penttila is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.
The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP) installed its 1997 council at the organization's annual meeting in September. Council members include: JEFFREY R. LEVINE, president; CHARLES R. LANDIS, vice president; KENNETH W. KUEHN, president-elect; LORRAINE B. EGLINTON, secretary-treasurer; JAMES PONTOLILLO, editor; GANJAVAR K. KHORASANI, councilor; and DAVID C. GLICK, councilor.
PAUL E. HUMMEL, associate director for programs and shared services of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, has been named the organization's deputy executive director. He will assume leadership of the society's business office in Tulsa, Okla., in mid-1997 when the current executive director, F. DON STODDARD, retires.
MICHEL T. HALBOUTY has been elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing. Halbouty, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, is chief executive officer of the Michel T. Halbouty Energy Co. in Houston.
New officers at the American Geophysical Union include: SEAN C. SOLOMON, president; JOHN A. KNAUSS, president elect; CHRISTOPHER G.A. HARRISON, general secretary; and ROBIN BRETT, international secretary.
In September, JOHN R. HOPKINS became vice president of E&P Technology. Hopkins, who is secretary of the American Geological Institute Foundation, served previously as vice president, E&P and group services coordinator, Nigeria.
The National Mining Hall of Fame, Leadville, Colo., inducted six new members last month. PHILIP ARGALL (1854-1922) helped perfect the cyanidation process for gold. ARTHUR BRANT (1910- ) pioneered the application of induced polarization and other geophysical methods to mineral exploration during his career with Newmont Mining. JESSE C. JOHNSON (1894-1984) and CHARLES STEEN (1919- ) both helped launch the U.S. uranium boom of the 1950s. As director of the Atomic Energy Commission's Division of Raw Materials, Johnson created incentive programs to encourage uranium production. Steen's discovery of pitchblende in the Chinle Formation in southeastern Utah proved that large, high-grade uraninite ore deposits could be found on the Colorado Plateau. ROBERT H. RICHARDS (1844-1945), considered the "father of ore dressing" in the United States, contributed many basic techniques to this aspect of mineral processing. Baltimore industrialist ISAAC TYSON JR. (1792-1861) launched the chromium industry in this country and did pioneering work in copper metallurgy.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists honored six individuals for their contributions to the global petroleum industry during the organization's international conference in Caracas, Venezuela, in September. ROBERTO A. LEIGH, consultant, Bogota, Colombia, and CLAUS H. GRAF, Corpoven SA, Caracas, received Distinguished Achievement Awards. Special Commendation honors went to PABLO H. CRUZ, PEMEX, Naucalpan, Mexico; RAFAEL SANCHEZ, PEMEX, Mexico City; MARIA ANTONIETA LORENTE, Maraven, Caracas; and CARLOS M. URIEN, Urien and Associates, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
RICHARD G. FAIRBANKS, a research scientist at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and professor of earth and environmental sciences at Columbia University, won the Rosenstiel Award in Oceanographic Science. Fairbanks was honored for his work on global climate change; he has used isotope chemistry to study the interactions of ocean, atmosphere, biosphere, and polar ice sheets.
The SIPES (Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists) Foundation awarded scholarships to four earth-science honor students: TRACI CASH, University of New Orleans; JIMMY R. JONES, Centenary College, Shreveport, La.; CHELLIE S. TEAL, Wichita State University; and JOSEPH E. TILTON JR., University of Texas at Dallas.