Welcome to the first edition of the Dean’s Desk. This page periodically celebrates the accomplishments of members of the Jackson School community. As the inaugural issue, this edition is packed with honors from 2006. Even so, since this is our first edition, we realize many distinctions have likely been overlooked. Please accept the editors’ apologies and send them any omitted material, which we will place in the next edition. You can send information to J.B. Bird in the Dean’s Office. This is an impressive list of accomplishments. Keep them coming. — Eric

Recipient Award Division/Organization
Hugo Castellanos Third Place, Best Student Poster Award American Association of Petroleum Geologists, April 2006
William Fisher Heritage Award Division of Professional Affairs, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, January 2006
William Fisher Dedication of AAPG Bulletin special issue on Maracaibo Basin American Association of Petroleum Geologists, April 2006
Peter Flawn Public Service Award American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006
Sergey Fomel Top 25 Presentation at 2006 Annual Meeting Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2006
Julia Gale President’s Certificate of Excellence for poster (co-author) Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, April 2006
Sean Gulick Distinguished Lecturer Joint Oceanographic Institutions/U.S. Science Support Program for 2007-2008
Bob Hardage President’s Certificate of Excellence for paper (co-author) Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, April 2006
Susan Hovorka Award of Excellence Association for Women in Communications, World Water Simulation, 2006
Rob Lander President’s Certificate of Excellence for poster (co-author) Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, April 2006
Stephen Laubach Best Poster Award (co-author) Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006
Robert Loucks Levorsen Memorial Award for Best Oral Presentation (co-author) Southwest Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006
Randy Marrett Best Poster Award (co-author) Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006
Rob Reed President’s Certificate of Excellence for poster (co-author) Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, April 2006
Stephen Ruppel Levorsen Memorial Award for Best Oral Presentation (co-author) Southwest Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006
Amos Salvador Robert H. Dott Sr. Memorial Award American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006
Diana Sava President’s Certificate of Excellence for paper (co-author) Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, April 2006
Ronald Steel 6th-Century Chair (part time) in Sedimentary Geology University of Aberdeen, Scotland, August 2006

Recipient Award Organization
Jay Banner G. Moses and Carolyn G. Knebel Distinguished Teaching Award Jackson School, 2006
Chris Bell Joseph C. Walter Jr. Excellence Award Jackson School, 2006
Chris Bell G. Moses and Carolyn G. Knebel Distinguished Teaching Award Jackson School, 2006
William Carlson Inducted Member, UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers, with title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
Philip Guerrero Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award Graduate School/University Co-op, 2006
Martin Jackson Joseph C. Walter Jr. Excellence Award Jackson School, 2006
Charles Kerans G. Moses and Carolyn G. Knebel Award Distinguished Teaching Award for teaching undergraduates Jackson School, 2006
Leon Long G. Moses and Carolyn G. Knebel Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence with introductory-level courses Jackson School, 2006
Paul Mann Joseph C. Walter Excellence Award Jackson School, 2006

Person Position Organization
William Ambrose President Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006-2007
William Fisher Chairman, Board of Trustees AAPG Foundation, July 2006
Charles Groat President-elect Division of Environmental Geosciences, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006
Jeff Paine President-elect Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, 2006
John Sharp Vice President Geological Society of America, 2006-2007
Scott Tinker President Association of American State Geologists, 2006-2007
Lesli Woods President Gulf Coast Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology, 2006

Please send more information you would like to see included here, including promotions for JSG staff.

  • Craig Fulthorpe promoted to Senior Research Scientist, September 2006.

Person Title Division/Organization
Peter Eichhubl Elected Fellow Geological Society London, 2006

Student Award Division/Organization
Kira Diaz-Tushman (co-author) Best Poster Award Energy Minerals Division, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006

These students earned external grants and those that applied also received matching funds from the Jackson School to complement their external grants. If this list is incomplete, please email additions. Thanks.

Student Title of Research External Agency Award JSG Match
Rebecca Comeaux Morphology of Uropeltid Snakes Incorporating High Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Co-Op Undergraduate Research Fellowship $825 -
Melody Cornelius National Groundwater Association $1,000
Katherine Dlubac Utilizing GPR to Map Recharge Properties in a Cave. Co-Op Undergraduate Research Fellowship $1,000 $1,000
Elizabeth Dunn Cretaceous Patch Reef of the Glen Rose Formation near Canyon Lake, Texas Co-Op Undergraduate Research Fellowship $913 -
Christian Dohse Barnett Shale Concretions: A detrital “Deep Freeze” Co-Op Undergraduate Research Fellowship $1,000 -
Jennifer Denbow Biotic arsenic oxidation at El Tatio geyser field Co-Op Undergraduate Research Fellowship $1,000 $1,000
Eric Ekdale Variation of the Inner Ear of Placental Mammals The Paleontological Society $500 $500
Carolina Gomez Sediment Budget in a Source – to – Sink Transect American Association of Petroleum Geologists $2,000 $1,000
Brad Wolaver Hydrogeology Evaluation of the Cuartro Cienegas Basin, Mexico Houston Geological Society $1,600 $1,000