California Council of Geoscience Organizations - Since 1997

 

In Memoriam  


Thomas Wilson Dibblee, Jr. (October 11, 1911, in Santa Barbara, California to November 17, 2004, in Santa Barbara, California) was a California geologist best known for his detailed field mapping of rough terrain.  Tom was also known, together with co-author Mason Hill, for the assertion in 1953 that hundreds of miles of lateral movement had taken place along the San Andreas Fault in California.  At the time, the idea was completely preposterous and no convincing mechanism was accepted by mainstream geologists.  Although the idea was radical at the time, he was indicated by later geologic work and the introduction of the modern theory of plate tectonics. Dibblee was one of the most prolific field geologists in American history, and over a 60-year career of field mapping, including 25 years with the US Geological Survey, he left a legacy of 40,000 square miles (100,000 km2) of geologic maps, covering approximately one fourth of the State of California. 

AN ADVOCATE FOR THE PROFESSION

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

CCGO CALIFORNIA GEOLOGISTS HALL OF FAME "LIVING LEGENDS"

CCGO reserves this award for California geologists who have done extraordinary lifetime work towards improving the profession of geology. The larger part of our Mission, to advocate the use of sound geologic knowledge and practice, requires first that sound geologic knowledge be acquired through dedication to excellence in gathering and interpreting data. The CCGO Living Legends meet this task through lifelong dedication to their profession and the excellence of their success.


California Geologists Hall of Fame - Living Legends
This award is presented to California geologists who have done extraordinary lifetime work towards improving the profession of geology. The awardee is given a mounted certificate, honored at the CCGO Annual Meeting, and his or her work is described in an article in our newsletter, CCGO Highlights.

1999 - Tanya Atwater (photo left)
2003 - Tom Dibblee, Jr. (photo center)
2011 - Doris Sloan (photo right)

CCGO AWARDS: A HISTORY 

Since 1998, CCGO has awarded deserving geoscientists and others for their roles in furthering the profession of geology.  Below is an historic review of some of these awards given out by CCGO:

CCGO has long been an advocate of excellence in the practice of geology, and of the importance of the general public understanding the basics of the risks associated with earthquakes, volcanoes, erosion, and floods. CCGO also works toward informing the public on the importance of geology in everyday life in California, and on the need for quality geology services. Our awards program reflects this vision.

The Awards program has been in place since 1998, the year after CCGO was formed. Only one award was given that year, to Dr. Eldridge Moores, for his talk at our first general meeting and Fundraiser. Over the years the awards program has grown to include award, which recognize geologists, officers, and volunteers who have made a major difference in pursuing the goals of CCGO and the profession of Geology.

The awards and previous recipients are as follows.

CCGO Certificate of Appreciation
This is awarded to the keynote speaker(s) of the Annual CCGO Northern and Southern California Fundraisers in appreciattion for their efforts. The awardees are provided a mounted certificate and mention at the Fundraiser, as well as a mention in the CCGO Newsletter, Highlights.

1998 - Eldridge Moores
1999 - Tanya Atwater
2001 - Ken LaJoie
2002 - Robert J. Watters and David Howell
2003 - Chester "Skip" Watts

CCGO Outgoing Officer Award
Awarded to outgoing officers of the CCGO Board of Directors for the tremendous amount of work they have done in furthering the mission of CCGO. The awardees are provided a certificate and mention at the Annual Meeting and Fundraiser.

2001 - Brian Lewis and David Ebersold
2002 - Sue Jagoda
2003 - Jim Jacobs, Sue Jagoda, Rick Blake, and Anne Cavazos

CCGO Community Geologist Award
This award is given to a California geologist who has made a major difference in the profession and in the public perception of geologists as a result of volunteer work or community service. The awardee is given a certificate, and honored at the CCGO Annual Meeting and in an article in our newsletter, CCGO Highlights.

2003 - John Karachewski.

CCGO Founders Award
Awarded to a California Geologist for life-long contribution to the profession of geology, and substantial contributions toward furthering the mission of CCGO. The awardees are provided a mounted certificate and mention at the Annual Meeting and Fundraiser, with our deepest appreciation.

2003 - Robert Tepel

CCGO Presidential Award
This is awarded to CCGO officers and volunteers who have shown dedication towards advancing the mission of CCGO. The awardees are provided a mounted certificate and mention at the Annual Meeting and Fundraiser.

2002 - John Karachewski
2003 - Jane H. Gill

CCGO Gold Award
This is awarded to CCGO officers and volunteers who have shown extraordinary dedication towards advancing the mission of CCGO. The awardees are provided a mounted certificate and mention at the Annual Meeting and Fundraiser.

2003 - Betsy Mathieson

2004 - James Jacobs


CCGO Legislator Award
Awarded to California legislators who have consistently advocated for sound geologic concepts in legislation on behalf of the geosciences professions. The awardees are provided a mounted certificate and mention at the Annual Meeting and Fundraiser, with our deepest appreciation. An article in CCGO Highlights describes their work.
CCGO Internship Grant Award
This is awarded to a California geology student chosen by the CCGO Board from among applicants who are currently attending California Colleges or universities. Awardee would conduct research on legislative issues to further our mission. The stipend for this research is $1000.00.  At present, this award is unfunded.   When funds become available, (or a benefactor is found), the CCGO Internship Grant Award will be given to a most deserving student.

EDUCATION AWARDS

AAPG's annual award of $5,000 to be given to a K-12 teacher for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences. http://infosystems.aapg.org/foundation/tchr_of_year_award/index.cfm
 

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards
http://www.nagt.org/OEST.html


PROGRAMS

Education

Educator resources in CCGO
CCGO Geologists and Youth Program

California Science Fair Program and Awards
Scouts (Boy, Girl, Cub)
Geologists to speak in K-12, Colleges, Museums, etc.
Geologist Mentors for students in CA K-12 Schools with geology program

Speakers Bureau
Awards

CCGO Certificate of Appreciation
CCGO Outgoing Officers Awards
CCGO Community Geologist Award
CCGO Founders' Award
CCGO Gold Award
CCGO Presidential Award
CCGO Legislator Award
CCGO California Geologist Hall of Fame - Living Legends
CCGO Internship Grant Award