The Geological Society of America has honored USGS Senior Scientist and University of Arizona Adjunct Professor Julio Betancourt [right, credit USGS] with the Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research, named after Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr.
El-Baz helped NASA assist in the planning of scientific exploration of
the Moon, including the selection of landing
sites for the Apollo missions and the training of astronauts in lunar
observations and photography. In keeping, one of the shuttlecrafts in
Star Trek: The Next Generation was named El-Baz.
El-Baz Award comes with a $10,000 prize and is given annually to an
earth scientist for a body of outstanding work in the field of desert
research. The award will be presented at the GSA Annual
Meeting Nov. 4-7, 2012 in Charlotte, NC.
Of the 14 El-Baz Awardees
since 1999, one is a current faculty member (Jay Quade), and two others
obtained their Ph.D.'s (Les McFadden, Ph.D., '82 and Yehouda Enzel,
Ph.D., '90) from the University of Arizona's Department
[taken from the announcement by UA Geosciences]