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SOCORRO – On January 28, 2005, the New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Awards will be presented to State Senator Carlos R. Cisneros (District 6) and to Dr. John W. Hawley of Albuquerque.

These awards, co-sponsored by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, a division of New Mexico Tech, in Socorro, and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in Santa Fe, are presented annually to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or facilitating the role of geoscience in areas of education, research, public service, and public policy in New Mexico. Selections were made following a statewide nomination process. The awards were initiated to honor those often unrecognized champions of Earth science issues vital to the future of New Mexico.

The awards presentation will occur at noon in the rotunda of the State Capitol building on Friday, January 28, during the state legislative session in conjunction with Earth Science Day. Several agencies will be staffing tables in the west wing of the Roundhouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that day.

The presentations will be made by Dr. Daniel H. López, president of New Mexico Tech, and Joanna Prukop, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. The public is invited to visit the Roundhouse throughout the day and to attend the ceremony.

Carlos Cisneros has served in the New Mexico State Senate since 1985, representing District 6 in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos Counties. Representative Cisneros has been instrumental in championing a thoughtful and rational approach to the study, conservation, and protection of the state’s water resources through his leadership in the state legislature. This award is made for his outstanding contributions advancing the role of Earth science in areas of public service and public policy in New Mexico.

John Hawley, a geo-consultant with Hawley Geomatters, is retired from decades of work in both federal and state government service. His technical expertise in the geology and hydrogeology of New Mexico, combined with his professional and scientific integrity and contributions to public service and policy, have earned him the unequivocal respect of his peers, colleagues, and clients. This award is made for his outstanding contributions advancing the role of Earth science in areas of applied science and education in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is a non-regulatory service and research division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. For 77 years the Bureau has served as the geological survey for the State of New Mexico. EMNRD provides resource protection, recreation and resource development services to the public and other state agencies.

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