Mary Seid was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the ISGS geologic mapping program through her enthusiasm, creativity, efficiency, and attention to detail. Seid has been lead author on five high-quality maps, conducted several major outreach activities, and moderated a session at the First World Young Earth Scientists Congress 2009 in Beijing.
David Ruhter received his award in recognition of his efforts to ensure a safe working environment of the Survey. Ruhter has taken on the task of reducing unnecessary chemicals, materials, equipment, and furniture.
The Barrington Area Council of Governments, led by Executive Director, Janet Agnoletti, was recognized for its long-standing support of ISGS programs in geologic mapping, groundwater resources, and height modernization and its partnership in the study of the sustainable use of Illinois' natural resources.
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.
The Special Recognition Award was presented to William W. Shilts in appreciation of his vision, determination, and actions as ISGS Chief that led to the merger of the four scientific Surveys with the University of Illinois and to the creation of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, (renamed in 2011 to the Prairie Research Institute.)
Thelen Sand and Gravel Company was honored as Outstanding Cooperator for its provision of time, equipment, and quarry access in support of the ISGS geologic mapping program and field trips.
Congressman Timothy V. Johnson received the Outstanding Advocate Award in appreciation of his outstanding support of FutureGen, the Height Modernization Program, and geologic mapping.
The Outstanding Alumni Contributions Award was presented to Morris W. Leighton, former ISGS Chief, in appreciation of his post-retirement dedication to the ISGS through his contributions to the ISGS centennial celebration and annual open house and for his continuing support of the ISGS.
The Distinguished Achievement Award was given to ISGS petroleum geologist Hannes E. Leetaru in recognition of his contributions in geologic research, interpretation of refraction seismic data, 3-D geologic modeling, and his education and outreach efforts.