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.
The Distinguished Achievement Award was presented to Donald A. Keefer in recognition of his outstanding vision and efforts in establishing the ISGS Visualization Lab.
Jonathan H. Goodwin was honored in recognition of his more than 30 years of leadership in administration, scientific research, publications, professional service, and outreach efforts.
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.
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."
Christopher Pearson, National Geodetic Survey's Illinois State Geodetic Advisor, received the Outstanding External Cooperator Award for his time, expertise, and enthusiasm in support of the ISGS geologic mapping and height modernization program.
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.
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.
Torie Strole was nominated for her outstanding work in submission and management of grants and contracts. Strole works with every principal investigator with sponsored research or a service account. She reviews the monetary and collection aspects of all proposals, manages subcontracts, and handles all of the contract accounting.
Hong Wang was named a recipient for his establishment of the ISGS Optical Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) laboratory. The OSL Laboratory allows age dating up to 250,000 years and benefits research in Quaternary geology, paleoclimate, earthquake hazards, and archaeology.