The 2010 winner of the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences will be Vicki J. Cowart, former State Geologist of Colorado.
The Campbell Medal is AGI's highest award, given in recognition of singular performance in and contributions to the profession of geology. Campbell was a man of remarkable accomplishment and widespread influence. He was a geologist, educator, administrator, and public servant. The Campbell Medal holds special significance for AASG, due to the role that Ian Campbell played in AASG, and due to the respect and admiration that the AASG community felt for Ian. AASG therefore was active in its establishment, and remains very active in its support.
Vicki is being recognized as a founder of the Association for Women Geoscientists, former Colorado State Geologist, and a past President of AASG. Prior to her Survey work, she spent 16 years in the petroleum industry.
Vicki was the highly effective State Geologist of Colorado and Director of the Colorado Geological Survey from 1992 until 2003. She was AASG Annual Meeting host in 1997, Statistician from 1996 until 1999, Treasurer in 1999, and President in 2001.
Vicki is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Early in her career she worked as a geophysicist for several oil and gas companies and was a District Manager for Schlumberger Well Services. Vicki is a Director of the Colorado School of Mines Foundation and is a past President of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association Board of Directors. Update, 7-9-10: In 2008, the Governor of Colorado appointed her one of seven Trustees of the Colorado School of Mines.