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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) received 15 awards in the annual Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Competition sponsored by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).
The USGS received five awards in each of the three levels of first place, second place, and award of excellence. The USGS swept the individual-map category, with two entries tying for first place, two tying for second, and four tying for awards of excellence.
According to NAGC officials, ties were necessitated by the high quality of entries in some categories. Judging was done across the Nation by both governmental and nongovernmental information professionals who volunteer their time to judge and give peer feedback on entries. More than 500 entries were submitted in the annual competition.
The National Association of Government Communicators is a national, nonprofit professional network of Federal, State, and local government employees who disseminate information within and outside government. Award-winning USGS products and recipients are as follows.
A tie for first place in the individual-map category went to two USGS products: (1) "Evolution of the Landscape Along the Clear Creek Corridor, ColoradoUrbanization, Aggregate Mining, and Reclamation," by Belinda Arbogast, Daniel Knepper, Jr., Roger A. Melick, and John Hickman, authors; Craig Brunstein, editor; Carol Quesenberry, graphic artist; and others in the Central Publications Group (USGS Geologic Investigations Series I-2760, URL http://pubs.usgs.gov/imap/i-2760/); and (2) "The North American Tapestry of Time and Terrain," by Kate E. Barton, computer specialist; David G. Howell, geologist; and José F. Vigil, multimedia specialist (USGS Geologic Investigations Series I-2781, URL http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/i-map/i2781/).
First place in the technical-report category went to "Ground-Water Resources in the Black Hills Area, South Dakota," by Janet M. Carter and Daniel G. Driscoll, hydrologists; Ella M. Decker, editor; and Connie J. Ross, illustrator (USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report 03-4049, URL http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/wri/wri034049/).
First place in the media-event category went to the USGS's "Black Hills Hydrology Study, Presented to Governor" by Janet Carter and Daniel Driscoll, hydrologists; Van Linquist, host; and Brenda Athow, outreach coordinator.
First place in the video-documentary category went to "Delta Revival: Restoring a California Ecosystem," by Stephen Wessells, producer, and James E. Cloern and Sam Luoma, executive producers.
Ties for second place in the individual-map category went to two USGS products: (1) "Under San Francisco Baya New View of the Floor of West-Central San Francisco Bay" by Dave Cacchione, Paul Carlson, Pat Chavez, Jr., John Chin, Pete Dartnell, Jim Gardner, Helen Gibbons, Dave Rubin, Miguel Velasco, and Florence Wong; Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team; and the Western Publications Group (USGS Open-File Report 01-90, URL http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of01-90/); and (2) "Crater Lake Revealed," by Dave Ramsey, Pete Dartnell, Charlie Bacon, Joel Robinson, and Jim Gardner; Volcano Hazards and Western Coastal and Marine Geology Teams; and the Western Publications Group (USGS Geologic Investigations Series I-2790, URL http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/i-map/i2790/).
Second place in the technical-report category went to "The Pu'u 'O'o-Kupaianaha Eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, 1983 to 2003, the First 20 Years," by Christina Heliker, Donald Swanson, and Taeko Jane Takahashi, volcanologists; Volcano Hazards Team; and the Western Publications Group (USGS Professional Paper 1676, URL http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/prof-paper/pp1676/).
Second place in the internal-newsletter category went to "Sound WavesCoastal Science and Research News from Across the USGS," by Helen Gibbons, physical scientist; Trent H. Faust, World Wide Web developer; and the Western Publications Group (URL http://soundwaves.usgs.gov/).
Second place in the special-projects category went to the "Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map Poster," by the National Wetlands Research Center Publications Staff, in partnership with the Institute of Arctic Biology and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Awards of Excellence
Awards of excellence in the individual-map category went to four USGS products: (1) "Lewis and Clark: A Legacy of Science," by John Kosovich, cartographer; Becky Garcia, graphics designer; Bruce Boman, cartographer; and the Information Services Product Development Team; (2, 3) "Color-Coded Topography and Shaded Relief Maps of the Lunar Hemispheres" and "Topographic and Color-Coded Contour Maps of Mars," both by the Astrogeology Team and the Western Publications Group (USGS Geologic Investigations Series I-2769, URL http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/i-map/i2769/); and (4) "Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map," by the National Wetlands Research Center Publications Staff, in partnership with the Institute of Arctic Biology and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
An award of excellence also went to the "USGS Menlo Park, California, Monthly Public Lecture Flyers," by William L. Rambo, geologist; Western Region Office of Communications; and the Western Publications Group. (Most-recent flyers are available at URL http://online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar/.) The complete list of award winners can be viewed on the National Association of Government Communicators Web site.
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