Bowman and Goad Receive Earth Science Awards, Jan. 7, 2008

 

by Valerie Kimble

Right: Dr. Rob Bowman with award, and Paul Bauer, presenter.

SANTA FE – Dr. Robert Bowman, a professor of hydrology at New Mexico Tech, was honored by the state of New Mexico with the 2008 Earth Science Achievement Award for outstanding contributions advancing the role of Earth science in applied science and education in New Mexico.

The event was held on Earth Science Day, Jan. 25, at the New Mexico State Capitol.

In addition, the Earth Science Achievement Award for outstanding contributions in public service and public policy in New Mexico went to Maxine Goad, an at-large member of the state’s Water Quality Control Commission.

The annual awards are co-sponsored by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department in Santa Fe, and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech.

Selections were made following a statewide nomination process, a process of which Bowman was unaware until being told of the award last December by Dr. Peter Scholle, director of the Bureau of Geology and State Geologist.

“It was quite a surprise,” Bowman said. “I had absolutely no idea, and was very pleased and very honored.”

Joanna Prukop, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department; and Dr. Paul Bauer, associate director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, made the presentation.

“Rob has been an outstanding teacher at New Mexico Tech for 20 years,” said Bauer during the ceremony. “His courses provide New Mexico Tech students with indispensable theoretical and real-world training in groundwater hydrology and related fields,” he said.

Bauer also cited Bowman’s service outside the field and the classroom.

“Rob is a leader in the community, serving on the Board of the Socorro Soil & Water Conservation District, helping develop the Socorro-Sierra Regional Water Plan, and many other activities where he can apply his technical savvy and common sense,” Bauer said.

During his years at Tech, Bowman mentored some 40 graduate students, while serving as a committee member for hundreds more, Bauer noted.

The hydrologist also was honored by his university peers with the 2006 Distinguished Research Award.

Bowman estimated that some 40 people attended the ceremony, including representatives from the offices of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission; several New Mexico Tech administrators also stopped by as their schedules allowed.

Among those in the audience was a former Tech student who quipped to the hydrologist: “‘You know you’re getting old when a professor who started teaching after you graduated is getting a lifetime achievement award,”’ Bowman related.

Such achievements have earned him high praise from other colleagues.

“In a world in which our heroes and role models now come nearly exclusively from the ranks of entertainers or athletes, we need to take stock of who the real societal heroes are,” said Scholle.

“In a world in which the news media are saturated with reports of assaults, murders, fires, accidents and other transient events, it is worth pausing and noting those things that make a real difference in the lives of the vast majority of our citizens.

“Earth science issues – which include topics such as finding and maintaining adequate water supplies – are some of those issues of lasting importance in our state and for that reason, recognizing the work of people like Rob Bowman is so important,” Scholle continued.

“Rob’s contributions have been vital in understanding our groundwater supply, and that groundwater is the lifeblood of our state,” Scholle said.

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by Valerie Kimble

Right: Dr. Rob Bowman with award, and Paul Bauer, presenter.

SANTA FE – Dr. Robert Bowman, a professor of hydrology at New Mexico Tech, was honored by the state of New Mexico with the 2008 Earth Science Achievement Award for outstanding contributions advancing the role of Earth science in applied science and education in New Mexico.

The event was held on Earth Science Day, Jan. 25, at the New Mexico State Capitol.

(For a feature profile of Rob Bowman, see ).

In addition, the Earth Science Achievement Award for outstanding contributions in public service and public policy in New Mexico went to Maxine Goad, an at-large member of the state’s Water Quality Control Commission.

The annual awards are co-sponsored by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department in Santa Fe, and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech.

Selections were made following a statewide nomination process, a process of which Bowman was unaware until being told of the award last December by Dr. Peter Scholle, director of the Bureau of Geology and State Geologist.

“It was quite a surprise,” Bowman said. “I had absolutely no idea, and was very pleased and very honored.”

Joanna Prukop, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department; and Dr. Paul Bauer, associate director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, made the presentation.

“Rob has been an outstanding teacher at New Mexico Tech for 20 years,” said Bauer during the ceremony. “His courses provide New Mexico Tech students with indispensable theoretical and real-world training in groundwater hydrology and related fields,” he said.

Bauer also cited Bowman’s service outside the field and the classroom.

“Rob is a leader in the community, serving on the Board of the Socorro Soil & Water Conservation District, helping develop the Socorro-Sierra Regional Water Plan, and many other activities where he can apply his technical savvy and common sense,” Bauer said.

During his years at Tech, Bowman mentored some 40 graduate students, while serving as a committee member for hundreds more, Bauer noted.

The hydrologist also was honored by his university peers with the 2006 Distinguished Research Award.

Bowman estimated that some 40 people attended the ceremony, including representatives from the offices of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission; several New Mexico Tech administrators also stopped by as their schedules allowed.

Among those in the audience was a former Tech student who quipped to the hydrologist: “‘You know you’re getting old when a professor who started teaching after you graduated is getting a lifetime achievement award,”’ Bowman related.

Such achievements have earned him high praise from other colleagues.

“In a world in which our heroes and role models now come nearly exclusively from the ranks of entertainers or athletes, we need to take stock of who the real societal heroes are,” said Scholle.

“In a world in which the news media are saturated with reports of assaults, murders, fires, accidents and other transient events, it is worth pausing and noting those things that make a real difference in the lives of the vast majority of our citizens.

“Earth science issues – which include topics such as finding and maintaining adequate water supplies – are some of those issues of lasting importance in our state and for that reason, recognizing the work of people like Rob Bowman is so important,” Scholle continued.

“Rob’s contributions have been vital in understanding our groundwater supply, and that groundwater is the lifeblood of our state,” Scholle said.

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