Two new grant funds have been announced
by the AAPG Foundation
— one honoring an AAPG award winner, one memorializing an AAPG
member who was killed in a recent traffic accident.
The Ike Crumbly-Minorities in Energy Grant honors educator
Isaac "Ike" Crumbly, associate vice president for collaborative
programs at Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Ga., where
he is also a biology professor and director and founder of the Fort
Valley State University Cooperative Developmental Energy Program
The grant was established by the AAPG Membership
Diversity Sub-Committee. When fully funded, it will be awarded to
a graduate geoscience student who is female and/or a visibly ethnic
minority (black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American, which includes
American Indian, Eskimo, Hawaiian or Samoan.)
Crumbly received the AAPG Special Award in 1999 for
his role with CDEP, which serves as a pipeline for eighth grade
through Ph.D. minority and women students to seek careers in the
energy industry via engineering and the geosciences.
Since 1997 CDEP has produced 35 minority engineers,
15 geoscientists and numerous health physicists.
Crumbly also developed:
- The Minority Student Summer Energy Internship
Program, which has helped CDEP students to serve on over 570 internship/co-op
assignments and earned over $4 million.
- The Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academy (MSEA), a pre-college summer program for minority and
- The National Educators Orientation Program
(NEOP), which consists of high school counselors and administrators
across the nation who refer academically talented minority and
female students for CDEP's dual-degrees in engineering and geosciences
- Co-op relationships with seven energy
companies and governmental agencies.
- Participatory alliances with over 40
energy companies and governmental agencies.
A new named grant also has been started by friends in the memory
of Robert K. Goldhammer, an AAPG member who was killed in a traffic
accident May 26 on Interstate 10 in West Texas between Balmorhea
and Fort Stockton.
Goldhammer, a University of Texas at Austin geology
professor, was killed when a van in which he and several geology
students were riding flipped over during a field trip. A student,
Raquel Desavariego, also was killed, and three students were injured.
Goldhammer, who had been at UT since January 2001,
had chaired several oral and poster sessions at AAPG and SEPM meetings
and had led more than a dozen post — and pre-meeting field trips
to areas such as northeast Mexico, northern Italy, west Texas and
He presented a paper at the AAPG Annual Meeting in
Salt Lake City, "The Influence of Syndepositional Salt Tectonics
on Carbonate Platform Development and Stratal Architecture: Examples
of Gravitationally-Driven Extension and Rafting (Aptian-Albian Carbonates
of the South Atlantic Basins, Upper Jurassic of the Gulf of Mexico),"
which was judged as one of the meeting's top five papers.
The Goldhammer Named Grant will be awarded annually
to students studying carbonates.
To contribute to either fund, or for more information,
contact the AAPG Foundation.