National Science Awards
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AGI MEDAL IN MEMORY OF IAN CAMPBELL FOR SUPERLATIVE SERVICE
TO THE GEOSCIENCES
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The Ian Campbell Medal is given in recognition of singular performance
in and contribution to the profession of geology. Candidates are
measured against the distinguished career of Ian Campbell, whose
service to the profession touched virtually every facet of the
geosciences. Campbell was a most uncommon man of remarkable accomplishment
and widespread influence. In his career as a geologist, educator,
administrator, and public servant, he was noted for his candor
and integrity. The title of the award was changed for the 2009 award to add "for
Superlative Service to the Geosciences" in order to emphasize the importance of
service shown by the recipient.
The chair of the Member Society Council selects a nominating
committee for the award. The committee consists of five members:
current representatives to the AGI Member Society Council from
the Association of American State Geologists, the Geological Society
of America, and the Mineralogical Society of America; and two
at-large representatives from the remaining member society representatives.
The award is limited to one per year. The recipient must be living
at the time of selection. The medal is presented by the president
of AGI or other citationist during the national meeting of the
Geological Society of America at the time of the presentation
of the GSA medals.
1981 Richard H. Jahns
1983 Hollis D. Hedberg
1984 Konrad B. Krauskopf
1985 Robert L. Heller
1986 William B. Heroy Jr.
1987 Charles J. Mankin Jr.
1988 John D. Haun
1989 Grover E. Murray
1990 Philip E. LaMoreaux
1991 William L. Fisher
1992 Donald C. Haney
1993 Peter T. Flawn
1994 Dallas L. Peck
1995 Gordon P. Eaton
1996 Robert R. Jordan
1997 M. Gordon (Reds) Wolman
1998 Charles G. (Chip) Groat
1999 Priscilla C. P. Grew
2000 Luna B. Leopold
2001 Kenneth N. Weaver
2002 Frank H. T. Rhodes
2003 Edward C. Roy Jr.
2004 Ernest A. Mancini
2005 Samuel S. Adams
2006 Robert D. Hatcher, Jr.
2007 Arthur A. Socolow
2008 Larry D. Woodfork
2009 Jonathan G. Price
2010 Vicki J. Cowart
2011 Harrison H. Schmitt
2012 Gordon E. Brown Jr.
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AGI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO
PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE GEOSCIENCES
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This award is given for a contribution or contributions that
lead to greater public appreciation and better understanding of
the role of geology in the affairs of our society.
This award normally will be given to one recipient per year.
The award is presented to a person, organization, or institution
in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the public understanding
of geology. The contribution may be in geology as a science or
in geology as it relates to economic or environmental aspects
of modern civilization. The award may be given to a geologist
or non-geologist, or to an organization or an institution that
is geologic or non-geologic in character. The award name was changed
from the "AGI Award For Outstanding Contribution To Public
Understanding of Geology" in 1999.
The Nominating Committee of the AGI Member Society Council will
solicit nominations from its member societies and submit its selection
to the Member Society Council at the spring meeting each year.
The Member Society Council recommendation will then be transmitted
to the AGI Executive Committee for final action.
Description of the Award
The award will be in the nature of an attractive scroll to include
a citation of the specific contribution(s) which served as the
basis of the award.
The scroll will be presented by the President of the American
Geological Institute or his/her representative at a function to
provide the appropriate level of attention to the geological profession
and the public at large. Details for presentation of the award,
including the time of year and the place, will be at the discretion
of the AGI Executive Committee.
British Broadcasting Corporation
(BBC) for the television series "The Making of a Continent"
Stephen J. Gould and the "Planet
Earth" television series (eight separate awards to
individuals and organizations)
Robert Ferguson Legget and John McPhee
Robert E. Boyer
Robert L. Bates and Bruce B. Hanshaw
Robert D. Ballard
U.S. Geological Survey for reporting
and distributing information related to natural hazards
U.S. Geological Survey and the Association
of American State Geologists for development and support
of the National Geologic Mapping Act
Orrin H. Pilkey Jr. and co-editor
William J. Neal in recognition of book series, "Living
with the Shore," and John S. Shelton for contributions
in capturing geological processes on film
Fred Donath for his role in establishing
the Institute for Environmental Education of the Geological
Society of America and E-an Zen for his contributions as
an educator and in defining science-education policy
Richard Kerr, for work as editor
of Science and John R. Horner through work as paleontologist,
teacher, author and museum curator
Albert (Brad) Washburn for his lifetime
work as the founder and support of the Boston Museum of
Science. He also captured mountain terrains and glaciers
in maps and photographs and produced maps of many geologically
Sandra A. Glass in recognition of
the outstanding contributions that she and the W. M. Keck
Foundation have made to increase the public understanding
and enhancement of the geosciences through education and
M. Dane "Duke" Picard for his numerous
essays and books that both inform and entertain lay persons
Esther and Sherwood Tuttle & Ann
Harris for their contribution in introducing the public
to geological aspects of U.S. National Parks.
John Noble Wilford for his contributions
as science correspondent covering major space programs as
well as writing extensively on paleontology, archaeology
and other scientific subjects.
Richard S. Fiske of Smithsonian Smithsonian
Natural History Museum for his contributions as a volcanologist
helping to share his enthusiasm about volcanoes with the
Ron Redfern, a world explorer and
noted science writer and photographer, who over the past
30 years has made contributions to public understanding
of the geosciences and in particular Earth evolution through
publication of his books.
Warren D. Allmon, who as Director
of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New
York, instituted a renovation and expansion program resulting
in increased staff and budget and better community ties.
Michael Collier of Flagstaff, Arizona,
who, outside of his daily profession as a physician, has
been a freelance writer and photographer featured in many
popular magazines and books.
Joanne Kluessendorf, the Director
of the Weis Earth Science Museum and adjunct professor at
the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, has nominated more
areas as National Historic Landmarks than any person in
Simon Winchester, an independent
author, with three best selling factual books written in
the last ten years dealing with the geological topics of
earthquakes, geologic mapping, and volcanoes.
Susan Solomon, National Oceanic &
Atmospheric Administration, for contributions to humankind's
understanding of climate change and pioneering role in
efforts to discover the cause of the ozone "hole."
Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State
University, is being recognized for his contributions to teaching, writing and
speaking about abrupt climate change, paleoclimate and glaciology.
ExxonMobil is being recognized
for support of many science education programs, including contributions to Earth Science Week
and the AGI Faces of Earth television series.
Thomas H. Jordan, for
his contributions to the public's understanding of earthquakes and their hazards on
an international level.
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THE WILLIAM B. HEROY JR. AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED
SERVICE TO AGI
The William B. Heroy Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to AGI
is given in recognition of exceptional and beneficial long-term
service to AGI.
This award is limited to one per year. The candidate must be living
at the time of selection and, if possible, should be present for
presentation of the award.
Candidate should be measured against the exemplary record of singular
and long- term distinguished service of William B. Heroy Jr. in
whose honor the award is named.
The Nominating Committee of AGI will solicit nominations from
the Member Societies and submit its final selection, together
with clearly documented supporting evidence, to the Executive
Committee for final action.
The award is a walnut plaque with a brass plate bearing the awardee's name, the date, and the service
for which the recipient is being recognized.
The award shall be presented by the President of AGI during the
luncheon of the fall meeting of the Member Society Council and
Bill Heroy was born in Washington, D.C., in 1915, received his
A.B. in geology from Dartmouth in 1937, and his Ph.D. from Princeton
four years later.
Following a five-year stint with Texaco, he moved to the Geotechnical
Corporation in Dallas, advancing to President, and later to Teledyne
as Group Executive. In these positions he greatly advanced the
use of geophysics in petroleum exploration and geologic research
worldwide and was responsible for organizing Teledyne Exploration
Company into one of the world's largest geophysical companies.
But one distinguished career was not enough. At age 55 he embarked
on another in education - first as Vice President of Finance at
Southern Methodist University and later as Professor of Geology
(now emeritus) and President of the University's Institute for
Study of Earth and Man.
In addition to these outstanding accomplishments, Heroy has always
been deeply devoted to the science of geology, to the welfare
of the geological profession, and to the importance of geology
to the nation and mankind. He has been and still is a prodigious
contributor to the geologic profession at-large, including many
geological societies and other organizations outside the profession,
but especially to AGI.
Following in the footsteps of his distinguished father, William
B. Heroy Sr., who was a Founder and second President of AGI, Bill
Heroy Jr.'s service to the Institute has been exemplary. Beginning
almost a quarter of a century ago, he has served as AGI Vice-President
for Finance (1963-1967), Vice-President (1968), President (1969),
and was called back as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee
(1984-1985) to provide essential leadership in solving AGI's pressing
financial problems. He was a Trustee of the AGI Foundation and
was its first Treasurer. His professional accomplishments are
exceeded only by his love of geology and his commendable modesty
in the face of such achievements.
1987 Hollis D. Hedberg
1988 William H. Matthews III
1989 Howard R. Gould
1990 Robert E. Boyer
1991 Robert L. Heller
1992 Grover E. Murray
1993 Frank W. Harrison Jr.
1994 James A. Gibbs
1995 Philip E. LaMoreaux
1996 John D. Haun
1997 William L. Fisher
1998 John G. Mulvihill
1999 Thomas M. Hamilton & Jan F. van Sant
2000 Samuel S. Adams
2001 William E. Crain & Robert L. Heller
2002 Robert W. Ridky
2003 Edward C. Roy Jr.
2004 Russell G. Slayback
2005 Michael J. Baranovic
2006 M. Ray Thomasson
2007 Thomas D. Barrow
2008 William J. Siok
2009 U.S. Geological Survey
2010 Elwyn C. Griffiths
2011 Ian D. MacGregor
2012 Dennis Trombatore
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MARCUS MILLING LEGENDARY GEOSCIENTIST MEDAL
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The Marcus Milling Legendary Geoscientist Medal is given to a
recipient with consistent contributions of high-quality scientific
achievements and service to the Earth sciences having lasting,
historic value; who has been recognized for accomplishments in
field(s) of expertise by professional societies, universities,
or other organizations; and is a senior scientist nearing completion
or has completed full-time regular employment. Prior to 2007 it
can been called the AGI Legendary Geoscientist Award.
The candidate must be living at the time of selection and,
if possible, should be present for presentation of the award.
Nominations may be submitted to AGI by individuals or Member Societies.
Nominations forms should include a detailed description of
the candidate's achievements as well as a 50-word candidate citation.
Award selections will be made by the AGI President's Selection
Committee and confirmed by the AGI Executive Committee.
Presentation of the award will be by the AGI Foundation Chair
or his/her designate at appropriate national society
convention or meeting. In addition to receiving the award and
citation, expenses will be covered for the awardee and spouse
for reasonable travel and lodging to the place of presentation.
1999 J. David Love
2000 Konrad B. Krauskopf
2002 Michel T. Halbouty
2004 Peter R. Vail (spring)
2004 Norman D. Newell (fall)
2005 Gerald M. Friedman
2006 Robert J. Weimer
2007 William L. Fisher
2008 W. Gary Ernst
2010 William R. Muehlberger
2011 Robert H. Dott Jr.
2012 Sven Treitel
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NATIONAL SCIENCE AWARDS
Each year AGI solicits nominations from its member societies
for the following national science awards.
The WILLIAM T. PECORA AWARD, sponsored
jointly by NASA and the Department of the Interior, is presented
annually in recognition of outstanding contributions of individuals
or groups toward the understanding of Earth by means of remote
The award recognizes contributions of those in the scientific
and technical community as well as those involved in the practical
application of remote sensing. Consideration will be given to
sustained or single contributions of major importance to the art
or science of the understanding of Earth through observations
made from space.
Additional information may be obtained from the William T. Pecora
Award Committee, Office of Personnel, Dept. of the Interior, MS-5203,
MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240, Attention: Ann Meroney, (202) 208-5284.
The NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE is
awarded by the President to individuals "deserving of special
recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge
in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or social
and behavioral sciences." There are now many younger American
scientists and engineers who may be reaching a point where their
contributions are worthy of recognition. The committee is giving
increasing attention to these individuals as well as to those
outstanding women and minority scientists who deserve recognition.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Secretariat
office, President's Committee on the National Medal of Science,
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington,
Virginia 22230, Attention: Susan E. Fannoney, (703) 306-1096.
The VANNEVAR BUSH AWARD is presented
from time to time to a person who, through public service activities
in science and technology, has made outstanding contributions
toward the welfare of mankind and the nation.
The award is given to a senior statesman of science and technology
and complements the NSF's Alan T. Waterman Award, which is given
to a promising young scientist. The two awards are designed to
encourage individuals to seek the highest levels of achievement
in science, engineering, and service to humanity.
The nomination should be accompanied by a complete biography
and a brief citation summarizing the nominee's scientific or technological
contributions to our national welfare in promotion of the progress
Additional information may be obtained from the Vannevar Bush
Award Committee, National Science Board, 4201 Wilson Boulevard,
Arlington, Virginia 22230, Attention: Susan E. Fannoney, (703)
The ALAN T. WATERMAN AWARD is presented
annually by the NSF and the National Science Board to an outstanding
young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must
be 35 years of age or younger, OR not more than five years beyond
receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which
Candidates should have completed sufficient scientific or engineering
research to have demonstrated, through personal accomplishments,
outstanding capability and exceptional promise for significant
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Executive
Secretary, Alan T. Waterman Award Committee, National Science
Board, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230, Attention:
Susan E. Fannoney, (703) 306-1096
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