EC Action Impacts Halbouty,
Two Other AAPG Awards
Three AAPG honors and awards were affected by changes by AAPG Executive Committee actions taken in May.
Headed by then-president Peter R. Rose, the Executive Committee changed and amended the Michel T. Halbouty Memorial Human Needs Award to become the Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award, which is now considered AAPG’s second most distinguished award. The Sidney Powers Memorial Award is AAPG’s most distinguished honor. Formerly, Honorary Membership was the second-ranking honor.
The new Halbouty award is for “exceptional leadership demonstrated and extraordinary service to the petroleum geosciences and the association.”
The action taken noted that the Powers Award and the Halbouty Award are mutually exclusive -- those receiving the Halbouty Award will not be considered for the Powers Award and those receiving the Powers Award will not be considered for the Halbouty Award. Past presidency is not a prerequisite for this award.
Also, Honorary Membership is automatically bestowed upon the recipient of the Halbouty Award if not already received.
The committee also voted to change the name of the Journalism Award to the Geosciences in the Media award. The Journalism Award came under scrutiny last year after Michel Crichton was the recipient for his fiction books Jurassic Park and State of Fear.