Contributions are being sought for creation of a new AAPG Foundation environmental grant that would honor one of the founding forces for the Division of Environmental Geosciences.
The creation of the Bernold M. "Bruno" Hanson Environmental Grant in the AAPG Foundation's Grants-in-Aid program would provide a way to annually acknowledge and remember his service to AAPG and the entire geoscience community.
Additionally, the proposed Hanson grant would serve to convey his accomplishments and stature to those aspiring young environmental geoscientists who submit proposals to the GIA program for funding consideration.
The DEG was created in 1992, largely through Hanson's vision, dedication and leadership.
"Hanson worked diligently to ensure that environmental issues were recognized and integrated into the practice of petroleum geology," said DEG president Doc Weathers, "and it was his foresight and leadership that forged the role of DEG within the association."
The new grant would provide a permanent recognition for his contributions and simultaneously link DEG with future environmental geologists.
The biographic overview materials that will accompany the grants will highlight Bruno's personal involvement in conceiving and formulating the DEG, and will illustrate how his sincere interest, unflagging enthusiasm and outgoing personality permanently influenced an entire generation of petroleum geologists.
"We would be hard pressed to offer a more robust role model for incoming members of our profession to emulate in the course of their careers than Bruno Hanson," Weathers said.
"We urge the entire AAPG membership to support this effort by making donations to the grant and ensure it is fully endowed," he added. "On behalf of the DEG and the association, I encourage each of you to contribute in Bruno's memory and help us make sure that we remember him exactly like he lived -- with gusto!"
For more details, contact the AAPG Foundation.