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Canada's Michael J. Keen Medal Awarded to Bill Normark

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) geologist Bill Normark has been awarded the Michael J. Keen medal by the Marine Geosciences Division of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC). The following paragraph summarizes his citation:

"William (Bill) R. Normark, a marine geoscientist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), has excelled in his contributions to several important fields of marine geology but is best known for his contributions to the understanding of submarine fans. He has also played a significant role in the evolution of Canadian marine geology. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he collaborated with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) on research cruises using Canadian vessels and USGS equipment. These joint projects focused on the evolution of the Laurentian Fan and the late Cenozoic response of the eastern Canadian margin to changes in sea level. During this activity, he also welcomed Canadian graduate students to work at the USGS office in Menlo Park, CA. Through his work on the eastern Canadian margin, he came to know Mike Keen and through Mike was instrumental in getting the GSC involved in research on modern hydrothermal systems on the Juan de Fuca Ridge. For this work, colleagues from the GSC joined Bill's cruises to the Juan de Fuca Ridge, which led to using Canadian equipment (a unique sea-floor rock-coring system) on a ship provided by the USGS."

Michael J. Keen (1935-1991) was a prominent Canadian geoscientist. He was a professor in the Department of Geology at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) from 1961 to 1977 and chairman of the department for many of those years. From 1977 to 1991, he was with the GSC Atlantic (at that time called the Atlantic Geoscience Centre) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Michael J. Keen Medal is normally awarded annually by the Marine Geosciences Division of the GAC to a scientist who has made a significant contribution to the field of marine or lacustrine geoscience. Recipients may be a Canadian or a non-Canadian who has made a contribution in Canada or with a distinctively Canadian flavor. Bill will receive his medal at the GAC's annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, in May.

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