33 Honored in Long Beach
Bouma Leads List of Awardees
Arnold H. Bouma, a much honored and internationally respected geologist with a sequence named in his honor, heads the list of those who will be honored at the AAPG Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif.
Bouma, an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University, is this year’s recipient of the Sidney Powers Memorial Award, and one of 33 people who will be honored by the Association at this year’s awards ceremony.
The ceremony is part of the meeting’s opening session, which will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the Long Beach Convention Center.
The session also will include a pre-show multi-media look at the geology, history and current petroleum industry activity of Long Beach and the surrounding region; welcoming remarks from General Chairman Dalton Lockman; the presidential address from Lee Billingsley; and remarks from Bouma.
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, Bouma is bestowed the Association’s highest honor.
In addition, this year’s slate of honorees includes a new award -- the inaugural Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award, approved earlier in 2006 by the Executive Committee to honor those who have provided excellence in Association leadership.
Receiving the inaugural Halbouty Outstanding Leadership award is John Amoruso, of Amoruso Petroleum in Houston, an AAPG Honorary member, former AAPG president and member of the AAPG Foundation Corporation.
Full biographies and citations of all award winners will be included in a future BULLETIN.
Those award winners approved by the Executive Committee and who will be honored along with Bouma and Amoruso in Long Beach are:
Honorary Member Award
Presented to members who have distinguished themselves by their accomplishments and through their service to the profession of petroleum geology and to AAPG. This year’s honorees are:
Edward D. Dolly The Houston Exploration Co., Denver
Marlan W. Downey
Daniel L. Smith
Sandalwood Oil and Gas, Houston
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.
Dan B. Steward, Republic Energy, The Woodlands, Texas
Distinguished Service Award
Presented to those who have distinguished themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG. This year’s honorees are:
Adekunle A. Adesida
Shell Petroleum (Nigeria), Lagos, Nigeria
Alfredo E. Guzman
Pemex, Veracruz, Mexico
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
John C. Lorenz
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M.
Erik P. Mason
Shell Oil, Katy, Texas
Valary L. Schulz
Matador Resources, Dallas
Grover E. Murray Distinguished Educator Award
Presented for distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education, both at the university level and toward education of the general public. This year’s honorees are:
University of Houston, Houston
A. Eugene Fritsche
retired (emeritus -- California State University at Northridge), Winnetka, Calif.
Stephan A. Graham
Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
Presented to individuals and organizations whose area of work may not qualify for one of the existing awards, but are worthy of Association recognition. This year’s honorees are:
Richard D. Fritz
executive director, AAPG, Tulsa
executive director, American Geological Institute, Alexandria, Va. (Posthumous)
Public Service Award
Presented to recognize contributions of AAPG members to public affairs -- and intended to encourage such activities. This year’s honorees are:
Peter T. Flawn
retired (president emeritus, the University of Texas at Austin), Austin, Texas
Lee C. Gerhard
Thomasson Partner Associates, Lawrence, Kan.
Edward M. Warner
Expedition Oil, Denver
Presented to long-standing members who have contributed to the Association and who have made meaningful contributions to the science of geology. This year’s honoree is:
W. Herbert Hunt, Petro-Hunt, Dallas
Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the author(s) of the best AAPG BULLETIN article published each calendar year.
Gerardo Correa Figueroa
Jesus Hernandez Garcia
Antonio Murrillo Alvarado
Shankar Mitra, Gerardo Correa Figueroa, Jesus Hernandez Garcia, and Antonio Murillo Alvarado for “Three-Dimensional Structural Model of the Cantarell and Sihil Structures, Campeche Bay, Mexico,” which appeared in the January 2005 BULLETIN. All are with the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla.
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 Association.
Amos Salvador for AAPG Studies 54, Energy: A Historical Perspective and 21st Century Forecast. Salvador is with the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.
George C. Matson Award
Presented to honor and reward the best oral presentation at the AAPG Annual Convention in Houston.
Steven H. Brachman, for “Integration of 3-D Seismic With Geologic Knowledge Can Detect Non-Amplitude Combination Traps and Discover New Pay Zones in the 600 BCF Mature Play, Northern Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.” Brachman is with Pogo Producing, Houston.
Jules Braunstein Memorial Award
Presented to honor and reward the best poster presentation at the AAPG Annual Convention in Houston.
George W. Shurr
Sarah A. Chadima
George W. Shurr, Thomas Haggar and Sarah A. Chadima, for the poster “Exploration Strategies for Ultra-Shallow Microbial Methane on the Eastern Margin of the Williston Basin.” Shurr is with GeoShurr Resources, Ellsworth, Minn., and Haggar and Chadima are both with the South Dakota Geological Survey, Vermillion, S.D.
Geosciences in the Media Award
Presented for notable journalistic achievement in any medium, which contributes to public understanding of geology, energy resources or the technology of oil and gas exploration.
Michael J. Economides, a prolific author with 11 books either authored or co-authored to his credit, and with two more books in press; honored for his most recent best-seller, The Color of Oil. Economides is a professor at the Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston.
He will be the featured speaker at the All-Convention Luncheon at this year’s AAPG Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif.
Gabriel Dengo Memorial Award
To honor and reward the best paper from the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Perth, Australia.
- Dale A. Leckie, with Nexen Inc., Calgary, Canada, for “Sequence Stratigraphic Controls of Reservoir ‘Sweet Spots’ in Coastal and Shelf Deposits -- Cretaceous Guadalupe Formation, Colombia.” (no picture available)
Leckie’s co-authors were Elvira Gomez and Miguel Jose De Armas, both with Nexen Inc., Bogotá, Colombia.
Ziad Beydoun Award
To honor and reward the best poster presented at the Perth meeting.
- Jonny Wu, department of geology, Royal Holloway University of London (UK), for “4-D Analogue Modeling of Transtentional Pull-Apart Basins.” (no picture available)
Wu's co-authors were Ken McClay and Paul Whitehouse both with Royal Holloway University of London (UK).
House of Delegates Honorary Membership Award
The House’s highest honor, presented in recognition of consistent, dedicated and exemplary service to the HoD.
Edward D. Dolly, Houston Exploration, Denver
House of Delegates Distinguished Member Award
Carroll L. Kinney
Robert D. Cowdery