December 1, 2005


In a ceremony in October, the USGS Coalition received the 2005 John Wesley Powell Award for successfully increasing awareness of the US Geological Survey among congressional and administration officials. The John Wesley Powell Award is named for the second USGS director and is given to organizations or individuals who have helped advance the USGS mission.

The USGS Coalition was established nearly three years ago by a broad crosssection of scientific, professional, and educational organizations dedicated to increasing federal funding for USGS. AIBS was a founding member of the coalition, for which AIBS director of public policy Robert Gropp has served as cochair for the past two years, with Craig Schiffries of the National Council for Science and the Environment.

For more information about the USGS Coalition, please visit or contact Robert Gropp at AIBS (email: ).

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