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2004 Earth Science Achievement Awards

2003 ESAA award
On January 30, 2004, the first New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Awards were presented to Representative Joe Stell of Carlsbad (second from right), and to Dr. John W. Shomaker of Albuquerque (second from left). These awards, co-sponsored by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources in Socorro, a division of New Mexico Tech and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in Santa Fe, are presented annually to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or facilitating the role of geoscience in areas of education, research, public service, and public policy in New Mexico. Selections were made following a statewide nomination process. The awards were initiated to honor those often unrecognized champions of earth science issues vital to the future of New Mexico.

The presentation took place at noon in the rotunda of the state capitol building on Friday, January 30, during the legislative session in conjunction with Earth Science Day. Several agencies staffed tables in the west wing of the Roundhouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that day. The presentations were made by Peter Scholle (on left), State Geologist and Director (now Emeritus) of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, and Joanna Prukop (on right), cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

Joe Stell has served in the New Mexico House of Representatives since 1986, representing District 54 in Eddy and Otero Counties. Representative Stell has been instrumental in championing a thoughtful and rational approach to the study, conservation, and protection of the state's water resources through his leadership in the state legislature. This award was made for his outstanding contributions advancing the role of earth science in areas of public service and public policy in New Mexico

John Shomaker is founder and president of John Shomaker & Associates, Inc., an Albuquerque-based, employee-owned corporation that has been providing earth science consulting since 1973. His technical expertise in the hydrogeology of New Mexico, combined with his professional and scientific integrity and contributions to public service and policy, have earned him the unequivocal respect of his peers, colleagues, and clients. This award was made for his outstanding contributions advancing the role of earth science in areas of applied science and education in New Mexico.

Nominations for next year's awards are welcome from the general public.