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.
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.
Robert J. Krumm, retired head of the ISGS Geospatial Analysis and Modeling Section, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his twenty-five years of leadership in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to geologic problems.
ISGS Geochemist William R. Roy received the Outstanding Contribution to Survey Health and Safety Award for his work in this area, both at the ISGS and in coordination with the University of Illinois.
The Kane County Mapping Project Team members William S. Dey, B. Brandon Curry, Alec Davis, and Curtis C. Abert were honored with the Special Achievement by a Team Award in recognition of the ISGS team's outstanding contributions in completion of the three-dimensional geologic and aquifer maps of Kane County.