Bokum and Morrison To Receive Bureau Awards, Jan. 5, 2006

by Peter Scholle and Kathleen Hedges

SOCORRO, N.M., Jan. 5, 2006 -- The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (a division of New Mexico Tech) has announced that the recipients of its 2006 New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Awards are Consuelo Bokum and Thomas D. Morrison. The awards will be presented on Jan. 27 at noon in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building. The awards are co-sponsored by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) of New Mexico.

The awards are presented annually to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or facilitating the role of geoscience in areas of education, research, public service, and public policy in New Mexico. Selections were made following a statewide nomination process. The awards were initiated in 2003 to honor those often unrecognized champions of earth science issues vital to the future of New Mexico.

The presentation will coincide with the legislature’s Earth Science Day. The presentations will be made by Joanna Prukop, cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, and Dr. Peter Scholle, director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. The public is invited to visit the Roundhouse throughout the day and to attend the ceremony. In addition, several related agencies will be staffing tables in the west wing of the Roundhouse from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on that day.

For the past 15 years, Consuelo Bokum has worked tirelessly on issues related to water, New Mexico’s most vital resource. Her involvement with 1000 Friends of New Mexico and with water planning groups, boards, task forces, and councils, in addition to her authorship of several sensible water management policy publications, have given her a well-deserved reputation as one of the “movers and shakers” on water issues in New Mexico.

Thomas D. Morrison is chief of the Hydrology Bureau at the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer. For over 25 years he has been at the forefront of shaping water management policy throughout New Mexico. His guidance has been instrumental in increasing our understanding of the state’s water resources and has resulted in more informed decision-making in this area. He successfully championed the use of sound hydrogeologic and engineering principles as the foundation for good policy, to the benefit of all New Mexicans.

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is a non-regulatory service and research division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. For 78 years the bureau has served as the geological survey for the state of New Mexico. EMNRD provides resource protection, recreation, and resource development services to the public and other state agencies.

For more information, contact:

Peter Scholle, State Geologist & Director
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
(505) 835-5302