Gibbs Takes the Reins

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

AAPG Honorary member James (Jim) Gibbs was elected chair of the Foundation Members of the Corporation during the Trustees’ board meeting, held in Pittsburgh during this year’s AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.

Gibbs, who has served on the Trustee board since 2006, replaces longtime chair and Honorary member William (Bill) Fisher, who stepped down after serving 12 years on the Trustees board – including the last six as its chairman.

Also at the meeting, AAPG Honorary member M. Ray Thomasson was elected secretary and Lee Backsen was newly elected to the board.

More information about the Trustee board can be found at online.

The AAPG Foundation Trustees also approved nominations for the new Trustee Associate Service Awards, presented to individuals or corporations who have distinguished themselves in beneficial long-term service to the AAPG Foundation through participation in the Trustee Associates.

The awards were officially established in 2012, but the selection process was only recently finalized – meaning, two awardees have been named.

The winners are:

  • For 2012 – Jack Martin, of Lafayette, La., and Sun Lakes, Ariz., a Trustee Associate since 1980.
  • For 2013 – Ken Masters, of Conroe, Texas, a Trustee Associate since 1994.

Both recipients – longtime active, consistent Foundation supporters – will receive their awards at the upcoming Trustee Associate annual meeting, set Sept. 22-26 in Cle Elum, Wash.

Nominations are open for the annual AAPG Foundation Teacher of the Year award. The deadline for application submittal is Oct. 15.

The K-12 Teacher of the Year recipient will receive a $6,000 cash award for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences, presented at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, which next will be held April 6-9 in Houston.

Also now open is the online application process for the 2014 Grants-In-Aid process.

Last year more than 500 applications were received; the Foundation awarded $175,500 to 92 of the geoscience graduate student applicants.

To learn more about the grants-in-aid program, visit the graduate students Foundation webpage.

Finally, the AAPG Foundation Annual Report for 2012 is now available online. Read about the Foundation’s progress, programs, management and funds that you can support.

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