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July-August, 2003 - VOLUME 2, NUMBER 4

UK Researcher Wins Prestigious Award

Jim Hower accepting award

Dr. Jim Hower, 25 year veteran of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, has won a prestigious international award. In 1956 the International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP) created the Reinhardt Thiessen Medal. It is awarded annually to one outstanding petrologist who has made significant contributions in the field. Dr. Hower is the 27th recipient and only the 5th American to receive the award. This award was presented to him during the 2003 ICCP conference held in Utrecht, The Netherlands in August.

Dr. Hower's successful career is comprised of a blend of academic accomplishments that have melded well with practical applied research, utilized by industry. For instance, he has served on graduate student thesis and dissertation committees at seven major universities and is an adjunct faculty member in the UK Department of Geology. However, he has also made hundreds of mine visits to collect samples and works closely with the coal and utility industries as well as conducting a major survey of post-combustion byproducts at Kentucky's coal-fired power plants.

In addition, Dr. Hower is very prolific both as an editor and writer. He is currently editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Coal Geology and until recently was associate editor of Organic Geochemistry. He has co-authored a significant number of publications in his career so far: 155 refereed publications and at least twice as many unrefereed publications and presentations.

He serves in varying capacities in professional societies including: The International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology; The Geological Society of America, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, The Society for Organic Petrology, The Kentucky Society for Professional Geologists, and the American Coal Ash Association. Awards received from these societies are almost too numerous to mention, but recent highlights include: American Institute of Professional Geologists, Kentucky Section, 1997 Outstanding Kentucky Geologist Award; Geological Society of America Coal Geology Division, 1997 Distinguished Service Award; American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Eastern Section Energy Minerals Division, 1996 Gordon H. Wood, Jr., Memorial Award.

Dr. Hower received an M.S. in Geology and Mineralogy from Ohio State University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Geology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1978.

To learn more about Dr. Hower's petrology lab at the CAER, go to: