James Lee Wilson, educator and retired research geologist
for Shell Oil, has been named the 2002 recipient of the Sidney Powers
Memorial Award, heading the list of those being honored this year
by the Association.
AAPG awards, approved by the Executive Committee,
are presented annually to recognize individuals for service to the
profession, the science, the Association and the public.
As a recipient of the Powers Medal, Wilson is bestowed
the Association's highest honor.
Wilson and his fellow honorees will be recognized
at the opening session at the 2002 AAPG annual meeting, to be held
March 10-13 in Houston.
Wilson was noted by nominators as "a well-known geologist
who has devoted most of his career to a passionate search or knowledge
in carbonate stratigraphy and sedimentation." His book, Carbonate
Facies in Geologic History, has been translated into at least
six languages and is a standard in the industry and science.
Grover Murray, also a Powers medalist, noted that "it may
be said that he has been the guiding light to figuratively hundreds
of graduate students."
Wilson is professor emeritus at the University of Michigan and
adjunct professor at Rice University, where he was also previously
a chaired professor. He has also taught at the University of Texas
at Austin, University of Houston, University of California, Berkeley,
University of Calgary and the Rosenthiel Institute for Marine Sciences.
Full biographies and citations of all award winners
will be included in a future BULLETIN, and an interview with Wilson
will be published in a future EXPLORER.
Those award winners approved by the Executive Committee
and who will be honored along with Wilson in Houston are:
Honorary Membership Award
Presented to members who have distinguished themselves
by their accomplishments and through their service to the profession
of petroleum geology and to AAPG.
M. Coleman, Coastal Studies Institute, Louisiana State University,
Baton Rouge, La.
J.F. Gratton, independent geologist, Dallas.
Mosmann, consultant, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
B. Picou Jr., consultant, New Orleans.
R. Rose, Telegraph Exploration, Austin, Texas.
Michel T. Halbouty Human Needs Award
Honors an individual for the outstanding application
of geology to the benefit of human needs, recognizing scientific
John A. Reinemund, retired, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Reinemund is being honored for his assistance to Third World
countries to develop their natural resources, including developing
a thermal power industry to replace hydropower in South Korea.
Distinguished Educator Award
Presented for distinguished and outstanding contributions
to geological education, both at the university level and toward
education of the general public.
Al-Shaieb, head of the School of Geology, Oklahoma State University,
R. Muehlberger, professor, Department of Geological Sciences,
University of Texas, Austin.
E. Potter, professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sol,
Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Presented to individuals and organizations whose
area of work may not qualify for one of the existing awards, but
is worthy of association recognition.
Tamesis, advisor to the Philippine National Oil Co. and former
geosciences department advisor of the University of the Philippines.
Public Service Award
Presented to recognize contributions of AAPG members
to public affairs -- and intended to encourage such activities.
Lee Allison, state geologist, University of Kansas, Lawrence,
Kan., honored for protecting the rights of citizens whom he serves.
H. (Larry) Skelton, assistant director, Kansas Geological Survey,
Wichita, Kan., honored for authoring "A Self-Guided Walking Tour
of Wichita's Building Stones," which is used by teachers and individuals
Presented to long-standing members who have contributed
to the Association and who have made meaningful contributions to
the science of geology.
Ferris, Gravimetrics, Tulsa.
Distinguished Service Award
Presented to those who have distinguished themselves
in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG.
S. Ahlbrandt, chief of the world energy program, U.S. Geological
B. Aldrich, Forest Oil International, Houston.
D. Clarke, City of Long Beach, Calif.
R. Hogg, PanCanadian Petroleum, Calgary, Canada.
Outstanding Explorer Award
Presented to members in recognition of distinguished
and outstanding achievement in exploration for petroleum or mineral
resources, with an intended emphasis on recent discovery.
W. Beardsley, Columbia Natural Resources, Charleston, W.Va., honored
for recently discovering natural gas in the Trenton and Black
J.C. "Cam" Sproule Memorial Award
For best paper published by AAPG or by an affiliated
society, division or Section in 2000, by a member 35 years of age
J. Wood, for "Chronostratigraphy and Tectonostratigraphy of the
Columbus Basin, Eastern Offshore Trinidad," AAPG BULLETIN, Vol.
84, No.12, December 2000.
Robert H. Dott Sr. Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the author/editor of
the best special publication dealing with geology published by the
Rocha Mello and Barry J. Katz, editors of Memoir 73, Petroleum
Systems of South Atlantic Margins.
Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the author(s) of the
best AAPG BULLETIN article published each calendar year.
S. Bridge and Robert S. Tye, for "Interpreting the Dimensions
of Ancient Fluvial Channel Bars, Channels and Channel Belts From
Wireline-Logs and Cores," AAPG BULLETIN, Vol. 84, No. 8, August
George C. Matson Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the best oral presentation
at the AAPG annual meeting in Denver.
Posamentier, with Veritas Exploration Services, Calgary, Canada,
for the paper "Seismic Geomorphology and Depositional Systems
of Deep-Water Environments: Observations from Offshore Nigeria,
Gulf of Mexico and Indonesia."
Jules Braunstein Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the best poster presentation
at the AAPG annual meeting in Denver.
K. Dubois, Alan P. Byrnes, and W. Lynn Watney, all with the Kansas
Geological Survey, Lawrence, Kan., for "Field Development and
Renewed Reservoir Characterization for CO2 Flooding
of the Hall-Gurney Field, Central, Kansas."