A work in progress: contribute to deliberations with suggestions in comments
The Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine began in 1901. Biological sciences are thus somewhat represented, but geological sciences, including Earth-applied biological sciences are not represented. As a result: 1) Geological science is the science class skipped in high school by students with science aptitude. 2) 50% of the U.S. population believes in creationism...thus 3) ~50% of the U.S. population does not believe in an old Earth...thus 4) ~50% of the U.S. population cannot reason about climate change and other environmental issues...thus 5) A Nobel prize winning physicist and director of the DOE thinks agricultural biofuels are a good idea. 6) Geological hazard issues go unheeded (New Orleans, L.A. ...) 7) Resource scarcity issues go unheeded (Phoenix, L.A. ... ) 8) People think dinosaurs and cave men lived at the same time. 9) The general population does not understand or even accept the dire implications of Peak Oil. 10) University administrations think they can eliminate geological science departments and still maintain university accreditation.
Thus we need geological science Nobels. Penrose medal winners will certainly be considered, but the Geological Society of America is not an international (or Swedish) organization. We've got a lot of catching up to do, so ...
Saturday, May 22, 2010
1940 M.K. Hubbert
For laying the foundation of the ground water sciences by proving the connection between hydraulic head and fluid potential energy.
Dr. Hoaglund is a geologist with more than 20 years of experience in environmental research, teaching, and consulting in the private sector, government, and academia. He received his BS and MS degrees in geology from the U. of Wisconsin, then worked in Kansas with the KGS to find supplies to replace the depleting Ogallala Aquifer, followed by environmental consulting on cold war legacy ground water contamination. He next completed his doctorate in geology from Michigan State U, completing a USGS regional model of the Michigan Basin used to calculate modern and Pleistocene ground water and brine discharge to Michigan rivers and the Great Lakes. He taught hydrogeology and modeling, environmental geology, and glacial and climate geology at the U. of Michigan before joining Pennsylvania State U research on NSF regional climate-hydrologic models, and USDA nitrate studies.
Since moving to southern California, Dr. Hoaglund has resumed work on cold war legacy ground water contamination, and energy consulting related to water resource development, desalination, renewable energy development, hydrogen production, and CO2 sequestration.