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Unit Awards for Excellence of Service
e Financial Management Best
Practices Team received a unit award from the Department of the Interior for developing new financial management procedures for the Department. The team was charged with following the recommendations of Vice President Gore's National Performance Review team, which called for the review of all Interior administrative activities for possible streamlining, increased efficiency, and cost reductions. The team developed a list of recommended improvement opportunities for each major component of the Department and its bureaus.
The Eighth Annual V.E. McKelvey Forum Organizing Committee received a unit award from the Department of the Interior for its outstanding efforts in planning and managing this major national forum for the exchange of information on the latest research discoveries and emerging theories in the field of energy resources.
The USGS Transition Team received a unit award in recognition of exceptional service in the pursuit of new directions for the bureau. Within a 2-month period, the team reviewed the bureau's missions, program priorities, and organizational and managerial
(Left to right) Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt; Vice President Al Gore; Wendy Hassibe, Mike McDermott, K. Lea Ginnodo, Ed Burke, and Mary Buchwald (all of USGS); and Sharon Kemp (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) at the Vice President's National Performance Review awards ceremony, May 31, 1994.
structure and provided a set of issues and options for addressing them to the newly appointed USGS Director in a report entitled “A Vision for the Twenty-First Century.”
Awards and Honors Received by USGS Employees in 1994
Paul Barton received the Penrose Medal, the highest award of the Geological Society of America, in recognition of his career-long contributions to the understanding of ore-forming processes.
Michael H. Carr received the G.K. Gilbert Award for outstanding work in the field of astrogeology, including a broad range of extraterrestrial topics such as cosmic dust and nuclear fallout, lunar mapping, and the geology of Mars.
Ralph Cheng received the Federal Engineer of the Year award for scientific contributions to the fundamental understanding of hydrodynamics in bays and estuaries and for studies of the importance of long-term water-movement patterns relative to key water-quality issues such as the fate of pollutants in tidal ecosystems.
Eliot Christian received the Government Computer News award for outstanding leadership in data management, especially the use of standards-based data dissemination technology. Charles G. Cunningham was designated an Honorary Visiting Professor by the National University of San Luis, Argentina. He was honored by the Executive Council of the Faculty of Sciences for his contributions to economic geology studies at the Ag-Zn-Pb-Sn deposits at Cerro Rico de Potosi in Bolivia. Harold J. Gluskoter received the Gilbert H. Cady Award from the Coal Geology Division of the Geological Society of America for his distinguished contributions to coal geology. Rosalind Helz was elected President of the Geological Society of Washington (GSW), only the second woman ever to have held this office. Of the 30 geologists who founded GSW in 1893, 28 were from the USGS. Richard B. McCammon received the William C. Krumbein Medal, the highest award of the International Association for Mathematical Geology, for career-long contributions in the field of mathematical geology. Douglass Owen received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his commitment and contributions to the scientific and public understanding of wetland resources in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Geoffrey Plumlee received the Society of Economic Geologists' Lindgren Award for his chemical models of ore deposits and for his work on mine drainage and environmental remediation at the Summitville mine in southwestern Colorado and other mines. David Roddy (emeritus) received the Barringer Award from the International Meteoritic Society for his studies of impact and explosion craters and for his career-long work in the field of impact crater mechanics. Robert L. Schuster received the first Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award from Purdue University and was also named an Honorary Member of the Association of Engineering Geologists. Highlights of his career include an investigation of the causes of the 1976 failure of the Teton Dam in Idaho, the study of ground-failure hazards along the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington, slope stability analysis of glaciofluvial terraces on Lake Roosevelt for the Spokane Indian Nation, and a study of the
Geologic Division Women's Advisory Committee
he Women's Advisory Committee (WAC) of the Geologic Division
continues to address issues that affect not only women but all employees of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Several issues that are now coming to the fore in response to President Clinton's Family-Friendly Work Place initiative (July 11, 1994) have long been goals of the WAC. WAC has supported alternative work schedules, alternative work sites (flexiplace), maternity and paternity leave, pre-tax deductions for dependent (child and elder) care, and elimination of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. WAC also has strongly recommended the formation of a USGS-wide Advisory Committee on Human Resources and stands prepared to help put the USGS on the cutting edge of human resource leadership in the Federal Government.
WAC designed a 3-year training program for all first-line supervisors, both official and unofficial, to increase their management, leadership, interpersonal, and basic communication skills. This training program will begin in FY95 with a module entitled “The Role of the Supervisor." The final report of the WAC Statistics Task Force, which analyzed career development data on women scientists and technicians in the USGS, is expected in FY95. In 1994, WAC sent representatives to the National Training Program of the Federally Employed Women (FEW) in Washington, D.C. WAC has participated in pre-FEW conferences, which have gathered together USGS women from across the country.
All of the regional centers have been very active during FY 94 in promoting the career development of women by means of newsletters, training, seminars, lectures, field trips, and technology enhancement.
engineering implications of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Barbara J. Shaw was presented the Secretary of the Interior's Equal Opportunity Award, in the Selective Placement Program Achievement category, for career-long leadership in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of disabled individuals in the USGS. Charles W. Spencer was selected as the Outstanding Scientist of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists for his extensive studies of energy resources in the Rocky Mountain region. The Office of Procurement and Contracts received the “Employer of the Year" Award for supporting the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped in recognition of contracts that the USGS has awarded to Hope Rehabilitation Services for landscaping, janitorial, and mail services. The Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics of the Earth, awarded the Academician O. Yu. Shmidt Medal to John Filson, Robert Wesson, Robert Wallace (emeritus), Gary Fuis, James Byerlee, David Lockner, and Fred Fischer for their outstanding contributions to research on
seismological problems during 20 years of cooperative research. The medal, one of the Institute's highest honors, is presented in recognition of significant contributions to the science of geophysics.
Public Service Recognition
pecial awards were presented to nine employees for their outstanding contributions as public servants. Those receiving Public Service Recognition Awards in 1994 were: • Patricia A. Bushrod, for outstanding contributions in advancing the financial management practices of the USGS. • Daphne L. Chinn, for her contributions in the field of computer technology, enthusiastic support of educational outreach activities in the computer technology profession, and her support of Langston University and Hampton University, participants in the bureau's Historical Black Colleges and Universities program. • Kelvin DeVeaux, for designing, installing, and maintaining computer system networks for the bureau's Central Region and for establishing and maintaining bureau connections to the Department of the Interior's wide-area network (DOINET) in the Denver, Colo., area. • Jennie M. Grant, for her exceptional ability to prepare program planning and budget documents and for her efforts in the Womens Executive Leadership Program and the Volunteer for Science program. • Nancy S. Hawkins, for career-long outstanding Federal service in a variety of capacities, in particular for preparing the human resources initiatives accomplishments report for FY 92. • Peggy S. Hughes, for her dedication in providing earth science data to the user community as leader of the user services unit of the USGS Earth Science Information Center in Rolla, Mo. • Carl E. Mortensen, for his leadership in integrating the USGS Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program into Federal, State, and local emergency response plans. • Ingrid M. Verstraeten, for her work in support of the Ground Water Guardian Program in Seward County, Nebr. The Ground Water Guardian program is a national program that supports and recognizes communities that are taking steps to protect their ground-water supply. • Diane R. Welch, for designing exhibits that effectively communicate the USGS
message and for coordinating exhibits for the USGS.
Exemplary Act Award
he Exemplary Act Award was presented to Ivan C. James II for saving the life of a co-worker by applying the Heimlich
John Wesley Powell Award
ach year, the USGS presents the John Wesley Powell Award to persons or groups outside the Federal Government for voluntary actions that result in significant gains or improvements in the efforts of the USGS to provide “Earth Science in the Public Service.” The award is named in honor of John Wesley Powell, the second director of the USGS (1881–84), who was a geologist, a Civil War hero, a Native American ethnographer, and a pioneer explorer of the Colorado River. Kenneth N. Weaver received the Powell Award for his years of service (from 1963 to 1992) as the Maryland State Geologist and as a key State official who supported cooperative programs with the USGS. He was a staunch advocate of “COGEOMAP,” the Chesapeake Bay program, and the National Water-Quality Assessment Program, among others, for many years. His career-long efforts have left an indelible stamp on the direction and scope of much of the earth science research and scientific investigations under
taken by the USGS in the State of Maryland.
Conservation Service Award of the Department of the Interior
ean Auer was awarded the Conservation
Service Award for making outstanding contributions to the Department of the Interior's San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program and other water-resources and public involvement efforts of the Department and the USGS. She has been an innovative leader in many water-management areas and has made outstanding contributions to the Department's water-resources and reclamation programs for more than two decades.
Walter R. Lynn, Professor of Civil and
Environmental Engineering at Cornell
University, has made outstanding contributions to the field of water-resources management and to the water-resources programs of the Department of the Interior and the USGS. His efforts have enhanced the ability of the Department and of the USGS to serve the Nation by providing water information for the wise management of water resources.
Public Service Award of the Department of the Interior
aynard M. Hufschmidt, an M internationally known educator and scientist, is currently a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was presented the Public Service Award of the Department of the Interior for developing innovative interdisciplinary approaches to environmental management and problem solving for the Department and the USGS. A pioneer in the field of environmental planning, he has developed techniques that have greatly advanced the understanding of interactions between hydrologic, social, and economic factors impacting on environmental concerns.
Equal Opportunity Award for Long-Term Achievement from the Secretary of the Interior
he USGS was presented the Equal
Opportunity Award for Long Term Achievement in recognition of bureauwide efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in earth science careers. Since the program began more than 20 years ago, it has provided more than 1,500 students with an opportunity to pursue careers in the earth sciences.
U.S. Geological Survey Diversity Plan
he leadership and executive staff of the
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) realize the importance of diversity in maintaining the viability of the Nation's premier earth science research and information agency into the year 2000 and beyond. Affirmative action
activities have identified and addressed some of the barriers that have inhibited diversification in the past. However, approaches without personal accountability will not create a more culturally diverse workforce that is representative of the overall working population. Thus, the bureau's Human Resources Management Committee (HRMC) responded to the dual challenges of workforce diversity and budget and full-time equivalent reductions in developing the USGS Diversity Plan.
Focusing on six goals, the USGS Diversity Plan provides executives, managers, and supervisors with meaningful and measurable actions to demonstrate diversity accomplishments.
Ensure commitment and accountability at all levels for achieving and maintaining diversity—At locations throughout the country, top managers received training on the business rationale for workforce diversity. This training enabled USGS leaders to examine and strengthen their personal commitment to incorporating the principles and practices of diversity into the organizational culture and human resource processes of the bureau.
Educating all USGS personnel on diversity concepts and issues is not viewed as a one-time training requirement. A training program that incorporates the USGS vision and philosophy on workforce diversity will be presented in-house to all USGS employees. Managers will select individuals for specific training in how to effectively conduct these training sessions.
All USGS leaders are now accountable for accomplishing the objectives defined by diversity-related elements in their performance workplans and are also responsible for ensuring that employees attend sexual harassment awareness and prevention training and diversity training.