M. Sneider, of Robert M. Sneider Exploration of Houston,
heads the list of those who will receive the Association's highest
honors and awards during the opening session at the AAPG annual
meeting in Denver.
The session, which also will include a welcome and
remarks from meeting general chairman Steve Sonnenberg and AAPG
president Marlan Downey, will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in
the Ballroom of the Colorado Convention Center.
Immediately following the awards ceremony will be
the Icebreaker reception in the exhibits hall.
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.
This year 34 people and one institution will be recognized
during the opening session. Sneider heads the list as the recipient
of the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, AAPG's highest honor.
(See related stories, pages 26, 28 and 31.)
In announcing the award, the AAPG Executive Committee
described Sneider's long career of exploration successes, teaching
and dedicated to service to AAPG as an embodiment of what the Powers
Those to be honored along with Sneider in Denver
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.
Brenda Kay Cunningham,
staff geologist, Arco Permian, Midland, Texas.
Ned (E.E.) Gilbert, Gilbert
Management Ltd., Calgary, Canada.
William B. Heroy Jr.,
retired, Durham, N.C.
Fred F. Meissner, professor,
Colorado School of Mines, Littleton, Colo.
Lewis S. (Stan) Pittman,
the Pittman Company, Dallas; also founder of Petroleum Logistics
David G. Roberts, BP Exploration
Operation Co., SunBury, Surrey, England.
Carl J. Smith, head of
coal section, West Virginia Geological Survey, Morgantown, W.Va.
Michel T. HalboutyHuman Needs Award
an individual for the outstanding application of geology to the
benefit of human needs, recognizing scientific excellence.
- Robert C. Milici, geologist,
U.S. Geological Survey, Charlottesville, Va.
Milici is being honored for his recent work in training geologists
in India and Bangladesh, efforts that have led to increases in
India's coal reserves and Bangladesh's ability to export gas,
helping that country's economy as well as helping to meet India's
Distinguished Educator Award
Presented for distinguished and outstanding contributions
to geological education, both at the university level and toward
education of the general public.
John W. Harbaugh, advisor,
Stanford University, department of geological sciences, Stanford,
Clyde H. Moore Jr., professor,
Colorado School of Mines, Lakewood, Colo.
Charles R. Stelck, consulting
geologist, Calgary, Canada.
Presented to individuals and organizations whose area
of work may not qualify for one of the existing awards, but is worthy
of association recognition. This year the award goes to four people
involved in innovative outreach, research and educational efforts.
J.C. "Jay" Gallagher, Petroconsultants,
Houston, honored posthumously for his efforts in development
of the International Pavilion at AAPG meetings (related story,
page 16), as well as providing leadership for other AAPG international
Kenneth D. Owen, consultant,
Houston, and David Rice, consultant, New Harmony, Ind., for
their efforts in restoring the 19th century New Harmony scientific
community in Indiana.
Richard Warren, senior
staff geologist, Amerada Hess, London, who, despite suffering
from a degenerative disease (neurofibromatosis) since the age
of 15 has had a productive career as a geologist and as a leader
in creating and leading programs to train other disabled people
for work opportunities.
Public Service Award
Presented to recognize contributions of AAPG members
in public affairs -- and intended to encourage such activities.
Patty E. Holyfield, consultant
and acting co-director, Ellison Miles Geotechnical Institute,
Southlake, Texas, honored for the development and teaching of
the "Rocks in Your Head" workshops to more than 1,300 geoscience
teachers -- which has impacted about 60,000 students per year.
H. Leighton Steward, chairman
of the board, LL&E, New Orleans, honored for his efforts
as an environmental activist.
John S. Wold, founder
of Wold Oil and Gas Co., Casper, Wyo., honored for his service
as the first professional geologist ever to serve in the U.S.
Congress as a Wyoming representative, and for his efforts in
Wyoming state government, recreation and conservation.
Distinguished Service Award
Presented to those who have distinguished themselves
in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG.
Elizabeth B. Campen, Campen
Consultants Inc., Billings, Mont.
Chuck Caughey, Gulf Indonesia,
Singapore, Republic of Singapore.
Ian D. Collins, Genting
Oil & Gas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Robert L. Countryman,
consultant, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ben D. Hare, Vastar Resources
Jean R. Lemmon, consultant,
Tom Mairs, consulting
Wolfgang E. Schollnberger,
technology vice president, BP Amoco, London, England.
Presented in recognition of notable journalistic
achievement, in any medium, that contributes to public understanding
of geology, energy resources or the technology of oil and gas exploration.
This year's award goes to the Mountain
Press Publishing Co., located in Missoula, Mont., in
recognition of its role in production of AAPG's popular Roadside
J.C. "Cam" SprouleMemorial Award
for best paper published by AAPG or by an affiliated society, division
or Section in 1999, by a member 35 years of age or younger.
- A.D. "Tony" Reynolds, BP
Amoco, Houston, for "Dimensions of Paralic Sandstone Bodies,"
AAPG BULLETIN, Vol. 83, No. 2, February 1999, p. 211-229.
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
- Richard Schatzinger and
John F. Jordan, editors of
Memoir 71, Reservoir Characterization - Recent Advances.
Wallace E. PrattMemorial Award
to honor and reward the author(s) of the best AAPG BULLETIN article
published each calendar year.
- Robert G. Loucks, Bureau
of Economic Geology, Austin, Texas, for "Paleocave Carbonate Reservoirs:
Origins, Burial -- Depth Modifications, Spatial Complexity, and
Reservoir Implications," AAPG BULLETIN, Vol. 83, No. 11, November
1999, p. 1,795-1,834.
George C. Matson Memorial Award
to honor and reward the best oral presentation at the AAPG annual
meeting in New Orleans.
- Wafik Beydoun, with Elf
Exploration Angola, Rossy Cedex, France, for the paper "Exploration
Challenges Into Angolan Deep Water to Ultra Deep Waters."
Co-authors are Jean-Jacques Biteau and Phillippe Legrand, also
with Elf Exploration Angola, Rossy Cedex.
Jules BraunsteinMemorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the best poster presentation
at the AAPG annual meeting in New Orleans.
- Joseph R. Straccia and
Brad E. Prather, both with
Shell International Petroleum, Rijswijk, Netherlands, for "Stratigraphic
Traps in Deepwater Turbidite Reservoirs at the Base of Depositional