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Distinguished Service Award Presented to Bill Normark

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research geologist Bill Normark received the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award, the highest Departmental award that can be granted a career employee. The award was presented on September 4 at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, and acknowledged on September 24 at the USGS' 2002 Western Region Awards Ceremony in Menlo Park, CA. The award honors Bill for the excellence of his scientific contributions and, in particular, for his pioneering research on deep-sea-fan systems.

Bill's citation reads as follows:

Bill Normark
Bill Normark, recipient of the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award, is congratulated by USGS Deputy Director Kathy Clement at the USGS' 2002 Western Region Awards Ceremony.
Dr. Normark's most significant scientific impact is linked to his pioneering work on defining the morphological and facies evolution of deep-sea-fan systems. This research brought great benefit to the petroleum industry in guiding their exploration of clastic depositional systems for energy resources. Although the principal focus of his research has been on turbidite systems, his nearly 300 published works reveal a thematic sweep of expertise that also encompasses sea-floor igneous processes, hydrothermal circulation, polymetallic sulfide deposition, ocean-basin and ocean-margin tectonism, spreading-ridge-growth processes, catastrophic collapse of oceanic islands, and the effects of earthquakes on continental slopes and their flanking basins. Dr. Normark's remarkable range of talents and skills has established him among the ranks of those Earth scientists most recognized internationally as explorers and creators of frontier Earth-science knowledge. As the Regional Geologist in the Western Region, Dr. Normark led a bureau-level benchmark team in the design of a "seamless" U.S. Geological Survey that would best provide timely, accurate, and unbiased Earth-science information to the people of the United States. For his outstanding service to the U.S. Geological Survey as a leader of research in marine geology, Dr. William R. Normark is granted the highest honor of the Department of the Interior, the Distinguished Service Award.

Congratulations to Bill for his many contributions to science and to the USGS.

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