Over 180 members participated in the 48th Annual Colloquium, held online on 11-12 February 2022, and organized by Dave Lentz, Mike Parkhill, Jim Walker and Alan Cardenas.
A final celebration and awards presentation was coordinated by AGS President Deanne van Rooyen, where the various awards and student speaker and poster presenter winners were announced.
Gesner Medal, Distinguished Scientist Award
The Society’s Gesner Medal is made to a person who has developed and promoted the advancement of geoscience in the Atlantic Region in any field of geology. The 2022 medal was awarded to Dr. Peter Reynolds, formerly at Dalhousie University.
Laing Ferguson Distinguished Service Award
The Laing Ferguson Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of exceptional and altruistic contributions to the Atlantic Geoscience Society and/or to foster public appreciation of Atlantic Geoscience over a long period of time. The 2022 award was made to Dr. Tim Fedak, Nova Scotia Museum.
Nelly Koziel Award
Nelly Koziel is given to a person who recently has made a significant contribution to geoscience, beyond the call of duty, in the Atlantic Provinces. The 2022 award was made to Sandra Barr and Rob Raeside in recognition of their leadership as co-chairs of Halifax 2022 in May.
Student Speaker and Poster Presenter awards
As always, student talks and posters were an important aspect of the Colloquium, and judges had their work cut to select award winners among the 30 papers and 9 posters prepared by students at all levels from high school to PhD. Winners were:
- Rob Raeside Award, best undergraduate student poster: Nikita Lakhanpal, St. Mary’s University
- Rupert MacNeill Award, best undergraduate student paper: Logan Cormier, St. Mary’s University
- Graham Williams Award, best graduate student poster: Évelyne Sunatori, Acadia University
- Sandra Barr Award, best graduate student paper: Nicolas Piette-Lauziere, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Thanks are expressed to all who participated in the Colloquium, as presenters, organizers or participants, and to the sponsors who helped to defray costs to participants: