News Release 406

Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ geologist receives prestigious award from the American Institute of Professional Geologists

Volume 38-406 (For immediate release)
Contact: Hylan Beydler
573-368-2118

ROLLA, MO, JULY 20, 2010 – Ethics, sincerity, dedication – all words inscribed on the red granite award presented to Peter Price, a geologist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey in Rolla.  Price, a 31-year employee, was awarded the “Outstanding Geologic Service to Missourians” award by the Missouri Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists in Columbia May 8.

Upon presenting the award, Bill Duley, AIPG Missouri Section President-elect, and DNR Geology and Land Survey Division deputy director and assistant state geologist said, “Peter Price has provided exemplary public service in government for more than three decades.  His employment with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey has given him broad exposure to environmental and engineering geology investigations where he has excelled in problem solving across the state.  Those who have worked with Peter know of his tireless efforts throughout his career to protect public health and the environment.  He has labored in constructing common sense regulations in concert with members of the public and the regulated community to assure that the pubic is protected, fairly and efficiently.  His ethics conduct is above reproach.”

Price said, “I am honored to have received this recognition.  But also, grateful to have learned from and worked with many colleagues that knew the value of understanding the geologic framework of the world on which we live.”

Price has taken an active role in educating citizens about the importance of good science in all aspects of geologic practice within the state.  His commitment to professionalism is evidenced by his participation and leadership in professional organizations dating back a quarter of a century.  Price’s membership in the Association of Missouri Geologists has been continuous since 1984 where he served as Audit Committee Chair in 1988.  He has been a member of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists since 1987 and has served as Director and Section Chair in the St. Louis Section.  He has been a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists since 2003 and has served as president of the Missouri Section.  In 1996, Peter became a registered geologist as a member of the first group of professionals registered by the state of Missouri.

Price holds the position of chief of the environmental geology section where he supervises 14 staff members in the waste management, environmental assistance and subsurface investigations units.

The American Institute of Professional Geologists, founded in 1963, is the largest association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession.  It presently has more than 5,500 members in the U.S. and abroad, organized into 36 regional Sections. The Institute adheres to the principles of professional responsibility and public service and is the only international organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of geological scientists in all branches of the science with members employed in industry, government, and academia.  AIPG emphasizes competence, integrity and ethics.  AIPG is an advocate for the profession and communicates regularly to federal and state legislators and agencies on matters pertaining to the geosciences.

The Division of Geology and Land Survey is located in Rolla at 111 Fairgrounds Road, where visitors are welcome to tour the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.  Additional information may be found on the division's website: dnr.mo.gov/geology.

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Caption:  Peter Price, a registered geologist with the Division of Geology and Land Survey, DNR, received the “Outstanding Geologic Service to Missourians” award from the Missouri Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.