<p><strong><em>by Rachel Armstrong</em></strong></p> <p>SOCORRO &#8212; On January 30, 2004, the first New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Awards will be presented to Representative Joe Stell of Carlsbad, and to Dr. John W. Shomaker of Albuquerque. These awards, cosponsored by the <a href="http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/index.html">New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources </a>(NMBGMR) in Socorro, and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) in Santa Fe, are presented annually to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing or facilitating the role of geoscience in the areas of education, research, public service, and public policy in New Mexico. Selections were made following a statewide nomination process. The awards were initiated to honor those often unrecognized champions of earth science issues vital to the future of New Mexico. </p> <p>The presentation will occur at noon in the rotunda of the state capitol building on Friday, January 30, during the upcoming legislative session and in conjunction with Earth Science Day. Several agencies will be staffing tables in the west wing of the Roundhouse from 8 AM to 5 PM on that day. The presentations will be made by Peter Scholle, State Geologist and Director of the NMBGMR, and Joanna Prukop, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico EMNRD. The public is invited to visit the Roundhouse throughout the day and to attend the ceremony. </p> <p>Joe Stell has served in the New Mexico House of Representatives since 1986, representing District 54 in Eddy and Otero Counties. He has been instrumental in championing a thoughtful and rational approach to the study, conservation, and protection of the state&#8217;s water resources through his leadership in the state legislature. This award is made for his outstanding contributions in advancing the role of earth science in areas of public service and public policy in New Mexico.</p> <p>John Shomaker is founder and president of John Shomaker &amp; Associates, Inc., an Albuquerque-based, employee-owned corporation that has been providing earth science consulting since 1973. His technical expertise in the hydrogeology of New Mexico, combined with his professional and scientific integrity and contributions to public service and policy, has earned him the unequivocal respect of his peers, colleagues, and clients. This award is made for his outstanding contributions in advancing the role of earth science in areas of applied science and education in New Mexico.</p> <p>The NMBGMR is a non-regulatory service and research division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. For 76 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 to other state agencies.</p> <p>For more information, contact Peter Scholle, State Geologist and Director, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801, or call 505.835.5302.</p> <p align="center">-NMT-</p>