The DRFN is proud to announce that Dr Mary Seely is the recipient of the 2013 “Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research”. Dr Seely will receive this prestigious award during this month Annual General Meeting of the American Geological Society in Denver/Colorado. The Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research was established in 1999 by the GSA Foundation as a Division award administered entirely by the Division. Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, contributed the initial endowment for the award.
The award is given annually for an outstanding body of work in the field of desert research. For the purposes of the award, the term “desert” is restricted to warm deserts rather than polar deserts. “Desert landforms have not received as much attention by geologists as other types of landforms, we need to encourage and reward arid land studies.” said Dr. El-Baz. Scientist may be nominated for this award, and applicants need not be geologists or U.S. Citizens.