Saturday, June 29, 2013

AIPG awards to Price and Tinker

The American Institute of Professional Geologists announced that the 2013 Ben H. Parker Memorial Medalist is Jon Price, former State Geologist of Nevada [right, photo credit NGMB].

Scott Tinker, State Geologist of Texas, [left, photo credit IGC] will receive the John T. Galey Public Service Award.

The awards will be presented at the AIPG annual meeting - the 50th - in Broomfield, Colorado this October.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Alabama's Nick Tew receives IOGCC Marland Award

The 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]

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Idaho and Maryland State Geologists announce their retirements

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]

AASG presents Annual Meeting awards

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]

Monday, June 10, 2013

AASG annual meeting underway in Deadwood, South Dakota

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 find you get what you need."

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Faculty positions in Structural-Economic Geology and/or Quaternary Geology at Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology

Geologic Mapping Specialist:
Structural-Economic and/or Quaternary Geology
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
University of Nevada, Reno

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:
  • Structural 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. 
  • Quaternary 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 UNR. 

For complete position descriptions and requirements, view the position announcement at and or contact Geoscience Search, NBMG, Mail Stop 0178, UNR, Reno, NV 89557-0178. Applications received through by August 5, 2013 will receive full consideration.  EEO/AA. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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