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2016 GSA Medals and Awards

The Geological Society of America (GSA) presented the following medals and awards at its Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver, which ran from 25 to 28 September.

Sarah Andrews, geologist and author, received the President’s Medal of the Geological Society of America. John T. Andrews of the University of Colorado was awarded the Penrose Medal, and Donald B. Dingwell of the University of Munich received the Arthur L. Day Medal. The Young Scientist Award, or Donath Medal, went to Whitney M. Behr of the University of Texas at Austin. The GSA Public Service Award was given to Rex C. Buchanan of the Kansas Geological Survey. Kathleen R. Johnson of the University of California, Irvine, received the Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award for Minorities. The GSA Distinguished Service Award went to J. Christopher Hepburn of Boston College and Lori L. Summa of the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. Christine A. Regalla of Boston University received the Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award. Marc Robert St-Onge of the Geological Survey of Canada was awarded the Geologic Mapping Award. Bor-Ming Jahn of Taiwan was selected as the Honorary Fellow. The John C. Frye Award recognized Peggy S. Johnson, Daniel J. Koning, Stacy S. Timmons, and Brigitte Felix for their paper “Geology and Hydrology of Groundwater-Fed Springs and Wetlands at La Cienega, Santa Fe County, New Mexico,” published in the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources Bulletin, volume 161.

GSA Division Primary Awards

GSA also announced this year’s Division Primary Awards. Daniel H. Sandweiss of the University of Maine accepted the Rip Rapp Archaeological Geology Award. Andy Fisher of the University of California, Santa Cruz, was selected for the O. E. Meinzer Award. Robert A. Gastaldo of Colby College received the Gilbert H. Cady Award. Alan R. Carroll of the University of Wisconsin–Madison was given the Israel C. Russell Award. Donald A. Swanson of the U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, was selected for the Distinguished Geologic Career Award. The E. B. Burwell, Jr., Award recognized Jeffrey R. Keaton, Joseph Wartman, Scott Anderson, Jean Benoît, John deLaChapelle, Robert Gilbert, and David R. Montgomery for their report “The 22 March 2014 Oso Landslide, Snohomish County, Washington,” supported by the National Science Foundation and published in 2014 by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association.

GSA awarded the G. K. Gilbert Award to M. Darby Dyar of Mount Holyoke College, and the Outstanding Contributions Award was given to Betty Adrian of the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver. The Kirk Bryan Award for Research Excellence honored Chris Goldfinger, C. Hans Nelson, Ann E. Morey, Joel E. Johnson, Jason R. Patton, Eugene Karabanov, Julia Gutiérrez-Pastor, Andrew T. Eriksson, Eulàlia Gràcia, Gita Dunhill, Randolph J. Enkin, Audrey Dallimore, and Tracy Vallier for their paper “Turbidite Event History—Methods and Implications for Holocene Paleoseismicity of the Cascadia Subduction Zone,” U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1661-F, published in 2012.

William J. “Bill” Hinze, professor emeritus at Purdue University, received the George P. Woollard Award. Joshua Villalobos of El Paso Community College was given the Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Tim Lowenstein of the State University of New York at Binghamton received the Laurence L. Sloss Award, and the Mary C. Rabbitt History and Philosophy of Geology Award went to Mott Greene of the University of Washington. David Pollard was chosen for the Career Contribution Award.

GSA Specialized Awards

The Marland Pratt Billings and Katherine Fowler-Billings Research Award honored Meghan Toft of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Erik Divan and Audrey Wheatcroft of Bates College. Simon George Scarpetta of the University of Texas at Austin received the Diversity Award, and Lauren Colliver of Purdue University was granted the Robert K. Fahnestock Award. The John A. Black Award went to Lauren Brown of the University of California, Los Angeles. Yiduo Liu of the University of Houston received the Robert D. Hatcher Research Award. The Gretchen L. Blechschmidt Award was given to Nina Whitney of Iowa State University, and the John W. Hess Research Grant went to Isabelle Weisman of Vanderbilt University. Hanna Bartram of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Joseph Tulenko of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, both received the John T. Dillon Alaska Research Award. Hamilton Goodner of the University of Kansas received the Roscoe G. Jackson II Award.

The Lipman Research Award for student research in volcanology and petrology was given to Olivia Barbee of Michigan Technological University, Zoe Braden of Queens University, Matthew Dunlop of the University of Wyoming, and Joana Voigt of the University of Arizona. The John T. and Carol G. McGill Award will support the research of DeAnna Laurel of Colorado State University and Dorothea Lundberg of the University of Maryland. The John Montagne Award went to Ny Riavo Voarintsoa of the University of Georgia, and the Bruce L. “Biff” Reed Scholarship Award was given to Tess Caswell of Brown University. Christine Chen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Allison Karp of Pennsylvania State University, Andrew Kleinberg of Florida State University, and Hadley Mcintosh of the University of Maryland shared the Charles A. & June R. P. Ross Research Award. Renee Pelletier of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington received the Alexander Sisson Research Award.

The Parke D. Snavely, Jr., Cascadia Research Award was given to Rebekah Lee of Boise State University. Kirstin Washington of the University of Southern California received the Harold T. Stearns Fellowship Award. The Alexander & Geraldine Wanek Fund recognized Benjamin Barnes of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Lauren A. Wright & Bennie W. Troxel Student Research Award will support the research of Nur Uddin Md. Khaled Chowdhury of Texas Tech University and Zachariah Fleming of the University of Texas at El Paso. The Farouk El-Baz Student Research Grants were awarded to Christine Chen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for “Reconstructing Past Precipitation Changes from Ancient High-Altitude Lakes in the Central Andes” and to Elena Favaro of the University of Calgary for “Initiation of Yardangs in Northwestern Argentina and the Implications for Martian Surface Evolution.”

2016 GSA Cole Awards

The Gladys W. Cole Memorial Research Award was given to Sara L. Rathburn of Colorado State University for her project “Are All Dams Created Equal? Implications for Carbon Storage.” The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award went to Phoebe A. Cohen of Williams College for her project “Exploring the Taxonomy and Functional Morphology of the Enigmatic ca. 800 Ma Apatitic Scale Microfossils from Yukon, Canada.”

2016 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica

The Tinker Foundation has honored Robert DeConto of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with the 2016 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica, an international award created to recognize individuals who have contributed important work to the field of Antarctic science.

DeConto is one of the world’s leading experts on climate modeling. His integration of geological data and modeling in studying the past and future Antarctic climate, as well as his modeling of sea level rise as a consequence of future ice sheet melt, helped him achieve this honor.

The prize includes $100,000 in recognition for the work he has done to contribute to the understanding of Antarctica and how it responds to climate change. DeConto received his award on 23 August at the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research 2016 Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


(2016), Honoring Earth and space scientists, Eos, 97, Published on 31 October 2016.

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