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October 12, 2009
By Staff Report
Jonathan Price, director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, has been named the 28th recipient of the Medal in honor of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences. Price will be presented this prestigious award at the Geological Society of America Presidential Address Ceremony in Portland on Oct. 17.
Price earned his B.A. in Geology and German from Lehigh University in 1972 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley (1975 and 1977 respectively). In addition to his directorship, Price is the State Geologist. From 1993-1995 he was on loan from the University of Nevada, Reno as Staff Director of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources at the National Research Council. He also has been a research geologist at the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology and an exploration and mining geologist with United States Steel Corporation and the Anaconda Company. He has taught geology courses at Bucknell University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Nevada, Reno.
In addition to the Ian Campbell Medal, Price has earned many awards and distinctions including; receiving the Leadership Award from the Western States Seismic Policy Council (2003), the Award in Excellence for Mitigation Efforts, the Western States Seismic Policy Council (2002), the John T. Galey Sr. Memorial Public Service Award from the American Institute of Professional Geologists (1999), and the AGI Explorer Award (1995). Price was also named a Fellow of both the Geological Society of America and the Society of Economic Geologists.
Price has served in several leadership roles in the geoscience community including President of the Society of Economic Geologists (2003), the Association of American State Geologists (2000-2001), the American Institute of Professional Geologists (1997), the Western States Seismic Policy Council (1998-2002), and the Nevada Petroleum Society (2006-2007). He has been a Councilor for the Geological Society of America (2005-2008) and Secretary-Treasurer of the Foundation of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Geological Society of America, Secretary of the Nevada Earthquake Safety Council, and Chair of the Nevada Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee. Price has been a member of the USGS’s Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee and NSF’s EarthScope Science and Education Committee.
AGI feels that Price’s tireless work for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, his leadership roles within the geoscience community, and his experience in industry and academia make him extremely deserving of this award.
The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 46 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.