Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) announces that Dr. Berry H.
“Nick” Tew, Jr., Alabama’s State Geologist and Supervisor of the State Oil and
Gas Board, as its distinguished 2013 E.W. Marland Award recipient.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, this year’s IOGCC Chairman, along with
Chairman of the Alabama Oil and Gas Board, James Griggs, presented Tew [second from left in photo] with the
award and a Governor’s Commendation.
"Like Governor Marland, you provide the leadership and vision needed in
the regulation of our state’s resources," Alabama Congressman Jo Bonner
stated in a video message.
Followed by another message from University of Alabama Coach Nick Saban that
surprised Dr. Tew.
Saban remarked that the University of Alabama knows a little about champions
and that Nick was one of them.
We want to congratulate Dr. Nick Tew and thank him for his service as a
state regulator and dedicated participation in the IOGCC.
[reprinted from the June 2013 Compact Comments newsletter from IOGCC]
Idaho State Geologist Roy Breckenridge announced his retirement at the end of June, during the AASG Annual Meeting in Deadwood, South Dakota. An open search will be undertaken by the University of Idaho for his replacement. [top, credit Idaho Geological Survey]
A few days later, Jeff Halka, State Geologist of Maryland, announced his retirement also effective June 30. Taking over as Acting Director of the Maryland Geological Survey will be Richard Ortt. Rich has been employed at the Survey for over 20 years and will be able to provide a smooth transition while the Department of Natural Resources works through the process with the Governor's office to permanently fill the position. [bottom, credit Chesapeake Quarterly, Michael W. Fincham]
At the Association of American State Geologists' annual
meeting this month in Deadwood, South Dakota, awards were presented for
distinguished service to the association, and to key, longstanding partners in
federal agencies that cooperate closely with AASG.
The AASG Distinguished Service Award is presented to
particularly deserving living retired or retiring AASG people who deserve to be
recognized for the excellence of their efforts over the long term, and their
pride in advancing our science and its application, in improving the work of
State Geological Surveys, in improving dissemination of the knowledge we
produce, in achieving effective coordination with partner agencies, and in
promoting camaraderie among the membership of AASG.
This year's winner of the AASG Distinguished Service
Award is Jon Price, retired Nevada State Geologist. A small few examples of
Jon's tremendous achievements so far, mentioned by citationist and Nevada State
Geologist Jim Faulds, are Jon's work at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the
University of Texas, and his service as Nevada State Geologist for 24 years
from 1988 to 2012. Jon fulfilled many prominent within AASG, and he has or is
now filling major roles for organizations such as GSA, AIPG, and SEG. He has
received many high honors, such as the AGI Campbell Medal, and this year's AIPG
Parker Medal. Congratulations to Jon.
Also recognized were longstanding AASG partners -Peter
Lyttle of USGS, George Dellagiarino of MMS/BOEM, and Bruce Heise of NPS. Thanks
are again expressed to these great Friends of AASG!
Submitted by Harvey Thorleifson, State Geologist of Minnesota, and outgoing AASG President]
The State Geologists annual meeting got underway yesterday in Deadwood, South Dakota, with committee meetings and kickoff icebreaker. The formal program started this morning with a keynote from Elizabeth Eide, from the National Research Council [right]. She described the challenges of mission realities, quoting Mick Jagger, "you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might findyou get what you need."
The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG), University
of Nevada, Reno (UNR), seeks applicants for one or two faculty positions
beginning on or after October 1, 2013, with expertise in field-based
Structural-Economic Geology and/or Quaternary Geology. These openings are
non-tenure track, 12-month faculty position(s).
We seek applicants with skills in state-of-the-art
techniques in the following areas:
and/or Economic geology, with substantial experience in quadrangle-scale
geologic mapping. Experience in analyzing mineral deposits,
geothermal systems, and/or hydrocarbon deposits is highly valued.
geology, with expertise in geomorphology and neotectonics, as well as
substantial experience in quadrangle-scale geologic mapping as applied to
natural hazards, engineering geology, or environmental geology.
Quadrangle-scale (primarily 1:24,000) geologic mapping in
support of elucidating Nevada’s geological history and framework is a
fundamental responsibility of these positions. Experience in ArcGIS, 3D
modeling, and integration of multiple geologic and geophysical data sets is
also desired. Applicants must have a Masters or Doctorate in geology or a
related geoscience field.
One full-time or two half-time positions are
available. Half-time positions would have at least 50% state funding,
with full-time support assured for two years from start date and the
expectation that the other 50% of support would be obtained through grants and
contracts after the initial two years. Many funding opportunities exist
(e.g., USGS STATEMAP program) for support. Nevada is one of the most
exciting regions in the world to conduct research in the geosciences.
Opportunities abound for research in structural geology, mineral deposits,
geothermal systems, neotectonics, and natural hazards.
NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and the
state geological survey. Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth
Sciences and Engineering within the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions
as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are faculty members at