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Professor to be honored during geologists convention

Sept. 23, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists will present its highest award to a member of Western Michigan University's faculty during an awards ceremony in Kalamazoo Sunday, Sept. 26.

Dr. William B. Harrison III, WMU emeritus professor of geosciences, will receive the
ES-AAPG's John T. Galey Award at a multi-award program from 4:45-5:30 p.m. in the Stone Theatre of the Radisson Plaza Hotel.

The free public program is part of the 2010 ES-AAPG's annual meeting, which is being held in the Radisson Saturday through Wednesday, Sept. 25-29, and is being hosted by the Michigan Basin Society of Geologists as well as WMU's Department of Geology and its Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education--MGRRE. Harrison is co-chairing the event.

The Galey Award recognizes distinguished geoscientists whose outstanding accomplishments and contributions to their profession and their applications have been directed toward bettering society.

Harrison was selected to receive this year's award for "A lifetime of service to others, geoscientists, and the Eastern Section of AAPG by preserving a legacy of geologic data and igniting a passion for geology in an army of students whose influence reaches far into the future..."

A WMU faculty member from 1973 to 2003, Harrison founded the University's Michigan Basin Core Research Laboratory, which is now housed in MGRRE and is the state's preeminent source for data on Michigan's subsurface geology. Although retired from full-time teaching, he continues serving WMU as director of the core lab and curator of MGRRE as well as an emeritus researcher in the geosciences department.

For more information about the award ceremony, contact Linda Harrison, manager of MGRRE, at linda.harrison@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8633. Visit the website of the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists to learn more about the group's annual meeting.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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