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Haun was president of the American Geological Institute in 1982. In addition to his contributions to AGI, Haun was president of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He is th e recipient of numerous awards — including the Ben H. Parker Award from AIPG in 1983, the Ian Campbell Medal from AGI in 1988, and the Sidney Powers Memorial Award from AAPG in 1995. These and other honors reflect the appreciation of Haun's colleagues for his many years of service to the geosciences and its professional societies.
Haun's career began in 1951 as a field geologist with Amoco (Stanolind). The following year, he accepted a position with Petroleum Research Corporation and in 1957 he became an active partner with Barlow and Haun, Inc., conducting stratigraphic and struc tural research and successfully exploring for petroleum. From 1955 to 1980, he also taught at the Colorado School of Mines, achieving emeritus status in 1983.
The American Geological Institute's awards ceremony, held during GSA's annual meeting each fall, honors a select group of outstanding American geoscientists. The William B. Heroy Jr. Award is presented in honor of one of the outstanding geologists of th e 20th century. Heroy advanced the use of geophysics in petroleum exploration and in geologic research worldwide. Recipients of this award are measured against his exemplary career.
The American Geological Institute, established in 1948, provides information services to its 28 member societies and a worldwide geoscience community. AGI coordinates improvements in earth-science education, offers scholarship assistance to minority stu dents, and works to increase public awareness of the vital role geology plays in our society. In keeping with those goals, AGI founded and directs GeoRef, an online bibliographic database of more than 2 million geological references, the most comprehensi ve geoscience database in the world, and publishes a variety of books and publications, including Geotimes, a monthly earth-science magazine.