In the most recent IUGS E-Bulletin, IUGS announced the passing of Prof. Zhang Hongren on July 16, 2016, on Beijing. He had been active with the organization since the 1990's, and served as the Secretary-General of the Organizing Committee of the 30th International Geological Congress that was held in Beijing in 1996. In addition to many accolades, it was under his leadership that IUGS promoted the International Year of Planet Earth.
The Paleontological Society has conferred an Honorary Junior Paleontologist title to Amery Green (scroll to page #22). Amery, who suffers from Mitochondrial Disease, aspires to grow up to be a paleontologist. The idea was brought to the Paleontological Society by the Aurora Fossil Museum Director Cynthia Crane, and the Executive Committee approved the measure in three days.
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists approved a new antiharassment policy. In an article published in their publication, "The Leading Edge" they noted that the previous antiharassment policy applied to staff, but it did not address interactions between members and other participants in their meetings and activities.
Dr. M. Lee Allison, State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, passed away Tuesday, August 16th, at noon after suffering a critical head injury from a fall at his home on Saturday.
Lee’s passing is a tragic loss for his wife, family, staff of the Arizona Geological Survey, the geologic and geoinformatics communities, and Lee’s broad circle of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances around the world. He was an incredibly dynamic leader of our agency, and a world-wide leader in many areas that were important to him. We mourn his passing, and will do our best to carry on his legacy.
There will not be a memorial service. Lee’s family has requested they not be contacted. Any messages of condolence can be addressed to AZGS team members; we will pass them along to his family.
It was announced that Arizona State Geologist Lee Allison was hospitalized for a critical injury sustained on Saturday. We at AGI send Lee and his family our sincerest wishes of hope and support during this time.