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2015 Earth Science Awards Announced

SOCORRO, N.M. February 17, 2015 -- The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources announced that the 2015 New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Awards will go to Charles Nylander and Dr. Fraser Goff.

Charles Nylander wins the award for "outstanding contributions advancing the role of earth science in areas of public service and public policy." Dr. Fraser Goff wins the award for "outstanding contributions advancing the role of earth science in areas of applied science and education."

These awards, sponsored by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, a division of New Mexico Tech, were initiated in 2003 to honor those often unrecognized champions of earth science issues vital to the future of New Mexico.

This year's presentation is at noon in the rotunda of the state capitol building on Thursday, Feb. 19, in conjunction with Earth Science Day. Several agencies will be staffing tables and displays in the west wing of the Roundhouse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to visit the Roundhouse throughout the day and to attend the ceremony.

Nylander has more than 40 years of technical and management experience in water resources management. He retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he served as a manager and environmental scientist from 1985 to 2006. He oversaw and completed a multimillion dollar Hydro-geologic Characterization Project for the national lab, managed LANL's NPDES permit and established the Water Research Technical Assistance Office in Santa Fe.

Prior to his work at LANL, he was employed as manager and environmental scientist at the New Mexico Environment Dept. from 1973 to 1985. Charles continues his volunteer advocacy and science leadership in water policy in New Mexico by serving on multiple boards, committees, and commissions. He is currently the president of Watermatters LLC, providing water resource consulting services since 2006.

Goff has worked on geological research in New Mexico, and around the world, for the past 37 years. He retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2004, after 27 years of service. In retirement, he has remained tremendously active as a geological and geochemical consultant, as well as adjunct faculty at New Mexico Tech, and University of New Mexico.

Goff has worked on volcanic and geothermal systems around the world, and has been principal investigator or chief scientist for eight major geothermal exploration or scientific drilling projects, including four in the Valles Caldera. He has had a strong educational focus during his career, including teaching, advising graduate students, and leading field trips for the public in the Jemez Mountains. His current research is on the large volcanoes in New Mexico.

The Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is a non-regulatory research and service division of the New Mexico Tech in Socorro. For 88 years, the Bureau has served as the geological survey for the state of New Mexico. Nominations for next year's awards are welcome from the general public and may be made directly to the director of the Bureau of Geology.

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