Environmental geology has steadily risen in prominence over recent decades, and to support the growth of this important field, the Frye Award was established in 1989 by GSA and AASG. While the Mankin Award recognizes state geological survey publications in regional, energy, or mineral resource geology, with an emphasis on surface or subsurface geologic mapping, compilations, and associated reports, the Frye Award recognizes work on environmental geology issues such as water resources, engineering geology and hazards.
John C. Frye joined USGS in 1938, he went to the Kansas Geological Survey in 1942, he was its Director from 1945 to 1954, he was Chief of the Illinois State Geological Survey until 1974, and was GSA Executive Director until his retirement in 1982, shortly before his death. John was active in AASG and on national committees, and was influential in the growth of environmental geology.
The Award is given each year to a nominated environmental geology publication published in one of the three preceding calendar years either by GSA or by a state geological survey. A shared $1000 prize and a certificate to each author is presented at the AASG Mid-Year meeting, held Tuesday morning at the GSA annual meeting.
Nominations should identify a geologically based environmental issue, provide sound and substantive information pertinent to the problem, relate geology to the issue, and present information directly usable by geologists, other professionals such as land-use planners and engineers, and ideally also by informed laypersons.
To nominate a publication, please submit a letter describing its importance, with up to three letters from users of the publication, by March 31, along with three copies of the publication, to:
Program Officer - Grants, Awards, and Recognition, Geological Society of America, PO Box 9140, Boulder, CO, 80301-9140, (303) 357-1028, firstname.lastname@example.org
A joint AASG-GSA committee will evaluate the nominated publications, make a selection in April, and the winner will be announced in GSA Today. Nominations are carried over for as long as the publication is eligible.
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