NLSI is pleased to announce that Dr. David Kring, Principal Investigator for the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) team, has been named as the 2012 recipient of the Ronald Greeley Award for Distinguished Service.

The Planetary Geology Division (PGD) of the Geological Society of America (GSA) established the award in 2011. The award is given to those members of the PGD, and those outside the Division and GSA, who have rendered exceptional service to the PGD for a multi-year period.

Kring was selected as the recipient of this award for the work he has done in administering the Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award. In 1997, Kring and others affiliated with the GSA Planetary Geology Division were approached by Carolyn Shoemaker, widow of the late Eugene (Gene) Shoemaker, and asked if they could help set up an endowment with the GSA Foundation to support a research scholarship fund. The first award was given in 1999. Kring initially administered the award for GSA from the University of Arizona, but with the approval of the LPI Director, he has administered the award from the LPI since 2006.

The Eugene M. Shoemaker Impact Cratering Award is for undergraduate or graduate students, of any nationality, working in any country, in the disciplines of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, astronomy, or biology. The award, which includes a cash prize, is to be applied for the study of impact craters, either on Earth or on the other solid bodies in the solar system, which areas of study may include but shall not necessarily be limited to impact cratering processes, the bodies (asteroidal or cometary) that make the impacts, or the geological, chemical or biological results of impact cratering.

About the Ronald Greeley Award for Distinguished Service

In 2011, the PGD established the Ronald Greeley Award for Distinguished Service. This award is given to those members of the PGD, and those outside of the Division and GSA, who have rendered exceptional service to the PGD for a multi-year period. The award is not open to currently serving members of the Management Board, but may be awarded to past members of the Management Board who have provided exceptional service to the PGD after their term on the Management Board has ended. Nominations for the award may be made by any PGD member to the Management Board prior to June 30 of each year, and approval of the award must be by majority vote of the Management Board. The names of awardees must be supplied to GSA Headquarters by August 1 of each year. The award consists of a certificate signed by the Chair, and will be presented each year at the Division’s Business Meeting/Awards Reception at the Annual Meeting.

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NLSI Team/LPI

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