Awards

The Distinguished Achievement Award was presented to Donald A. Keefer in recognition of his outstanding vision and efforts in establishing the ISGS Visualization Lab.



Cassandra McKinney, McHenry County Water Resources Manager was recognized for her support of the ISGS mapping programs



The Special Achievement by a Team award was presented to those who contributed to the multi-year efforts of writing, editing, production, and review of the Geology of Illinois volume.



W. John Nelson was recognized for his contributions to Survey programs ince his retirement, including geologic mapping and research on col-bearing strata of the Illinois Basin and his continued mentoring of young geologists.



Distinguished Achievement Award 2009

Daniel Nelson was honored for his efforts on the Illinois National Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse and his database management work. The Clearinghouse continues to be an important resource for anyone working with GIS remote sensing technology in Illinois.



David Ruhter, Outstanding Contribution to Safety

David Ruhter received his award in recognition of his efforts to ensure a safe working environment of the Survey. Ruhter has taken on the task of reducing unnecessary chemicals, materials, equipment, and furniture.



Alan Shoemaker  receives his award from ISGS Director Don McKay

Alan Shoemaker, Manager of Tuscola Stone Company, was honored in appreciation of his time and equipment and for providing access to Tuscola Stone Quarry in support of ISGS field trips, geologic mapping, and filming for the History Channel series "How the Earth Was Made."



Ivan Krapac, Lifetime Achievement Award

Ivan Krapac was honored in recognition of his thirty years of innovative geochemical research in the areas of agricultural contamination of groundwater and monitoring of carbon sequestration.



Rich Cahill receives his award from ISGS Director Don McKay

Richard Cahill was named recipient of this award for his significant contributions to Survey programs since his retirement, including continued geochemical research on the Illinois River, analysis of trace elements in coal balls, and assisting other researchers with their projects.



Mary Seid, Outstanding New Staff Member

Mary Seid was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the ISGS geologic mapping program through her enthusiasm, creativity, efficiency, and attention to detail. Seid has been lead author on five high-quality maps, conducted several major outreach activities, and moderated a session at the First World Young Earth Scientists Congress 2009 in Beijing.



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