2015 Dallas Geological Society awards and scholarships were presented at the annual Past Presidents & Awards Dinner.
Outstanding Service Award - Phillip Braithwaite
Philip has chaired the Scholarship committee the last two years and has taken the initiative to refine eligibility requirements for Dallas area geology students, clarify coursework requirements, and expand the circulation of scholarship information from one local university to eight Texas four year colleges. He has also worked with the Communities Foundation of Texas, and AcademicWorks to optimize procedures for online applications and the payment of awards to students. Under his leadership, a committee of six society members awarded 7 scholarships to qualified students. Thanks to Philip’s “Outstanding Service” seven students are continuing their geology studies with support of the DGS.
Professional Service Award - Joe Davis
Joe is from north Texas, and attended SMU as well as UT where he earned his Ph.D. While at SMU Joe received a timely 1974 DGS Scholarship. Fast forward forty years and Joe is instrumental in paying it forward with his support for the DGS to hold a 2014 career seminar to assist local students. The seminar was great success and addition to the DGS calender of activities.
In addition to his recent service with DGS as 1st VP and President, Joe Received the Outstanding Service Award in 1994 for his work with the formation of the DGS International committee, and also served as 1st VP during 1997-98. Joe has been a longtime DGS delegate to the AAPG serving three terms since 1993. During 1995-6 he was chairman of the Dallas Delegation. For his longtime DGS service and support for new programs we honor Joe with the Professional Service Award.
Public Service Award - Matt Hornbach
Matt is an SMU associate professor with research interests that have been focused on marine geophysics, including methane hydrate systems, geofluids, and quantitative geohazard analysis – topics of interest to the public at large. During the last two years Matt has served as DGS 1st VP, planning our luncheon programs, while new Dallas area seismicity has landed some of his geophysical research onshore in the local public arena. Matt has been working in this new research environment where geological and geophysical data will help us better understand the local earthquake activity. For research that provides an understanding of both marine and onshore geohazards the Dallas Geological Society presents Matt with the Public service award.
Patrick has taken an unusual path to become a geologist. He started out getting a degree in finance and accounting at TCU where he graduated cum laude. He then decided he wanted to work in the oil industry, based on exposure to geoscience courses he took there and work experience. As a consequence, he transferred to UT Dallas to take a bachelors in geoscience and hopes to go on to take an advanced degree in geoscience to prepare for a position in the oil industry, or the US Geological Survey, or the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Kaitlan started out taking her introductory geology courses at Collin College, then transferred to UT Dallas to take courses that she hopes will lead to an advanced degree in Planetary Geology and Geophysics. She is currently involved in undergraduate research on meteoric impact craters, is the secretary of the “Space Exploration Society” at UT Dallas. She will be attending a summer camp at NASA focused on designing a sample collection and containment device to work in microgravity environments on asteroids.
Rachel is a graduate student at SMU and will complete her Masters this December. She is studying outcrops and cores of slumped delta front sediments in the Ferron Sandstone of Utah. These rotated slump blocks form attractive, compartmentalized reservoir bodies in the sub surface. In addition, they can be geohazards to current drilling in the gulf. Rachel has worked as an intern for 4 summers with Hunt and Anadarko oil companies. She is either a committee member or an active member in six SMU geological and academic societies, in addition to being a teaching assistant.
Madeline took her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at LSU. During her undergraduate program she spent 6 months studying volcanoes at the University of Sydney which sparked her interest in geology. She is currently a graduate student at SMU working on a thesis to resolve the relationship between the fault systems and the 1959 7.2 earthquake and major landslide at Hebgen Lake, Montana to see if the construction of the Hebgen Dam was a factor. Madeline is very active in extracurricular sports, works for an oil & gas leasing firm and is a teaching assistant for geology labs.
The following scholarship recipients were not able to attend the dinner: John C. Danahy, Calvin Huffman, and Nabil H. Mzee