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Annual GI awards ceremony

Left to right, Andy Aschwanden, 2016 Best Faculty Paper Award; Will Harrison, 2016 Roger Smith Lifetime Achievement Award; and Douglas Brinkerhoff, 2016 Best Student Paper Award. Photo by Lynda McGilvary.
Elle Fournier

Unlike that other awards show this weekend, the fifth annual GI Awards Banquet went off Friday evening without a hitch.

Geophysical Institute faculty, staff and students came together Feb. 24 to honor the GI’s outstanding work throughout 2016. Awards were given for best faculty and student papers, staff and student performance, and community service.

Additional acknowledgements included the TK Moore Prize, which “recognizes an early career researcher on a path to becoming a leader in their field,” awarded to Seismology Associate Professor Carl Tape.

Emeritus Professor William Harrison received the The Roger Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes “significant long-term contribution to the success of the Geophysical Institute” and “singles out those individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Geophysical Institute and who have made sustained contributions to the success of its research mission.”

For the full list of award winners, check out the awards banquet website at

A reception in the Mather Library featuring GINA's Day Night Band followed the ceremony. Our generous community partners provided door prizes, and a silent auction was made possible by donations from talented GI faculty and staff members.

Thank you again to everyone whose efforts made this event a success, and congratulations to our award winners!

Photo below: GINA's Day Night Band entertained the crowd during the reception in the Mather Library. Photo by Lynda McGilvary.