2011 – Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award

Award: Distinguished Public Service to Earth Science Award 2011

Awardee: Constance N. Knight

Citation: The Outcrop, November 2011, p. 28

It is with gratitude that the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents its Distinguished Service to Earth Science Award to Dr. Constance N. Knight. This award is given in recognition of Connie’s efforts over a period of years to expose to the general public, especially children in elementary and high school, the fundamentals of the science of geology and the contribution it makes in the production of our natural resources.

Connie began giving volunteer lectures in 1984. To augment her lectures she assembled rock and mineral kits for use in presentations to elementary schools. She sold the idea of the kits to Ward Scientific who is still producing these kits today for use as a study guide in elementary schools.

In 1989, as a member of the RMAG’s Popular Geology Committee, Connie instituted the Speaker’s Bureau for the purpose of organizing programs of geologic professionals to speak on various facets of geology to elementary and high school students and various clubs and organizations. This resulted in over 100 talks in the first few months. She worked with the RMAG membership, the USGS, the Colorado Scientific Society and the Colorado Mining Society, and was the driving force behind this highly successful program. Connie continues to speak to schools, such as those in the Wattenberg Field area, regarding the oil and gas production and the uses of these products in society. She has participated in the national Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program that involves sessions in after school hours promoting sciences to prospective college students. Connie has also represented geology at numerous career fairs held in local schools.

For a number of years Connie has served as a volunteer guide at Dinosaur Ridge. One of the highlights of her tours is the explanation of oil and gas occurrence and development given from the Denver Basin Overlook stop.

Connie has served two years on the RMAG Board as Treasurer (2009-2010), and is guidebook editor for a joint RMAG-AAPG publication titled Applications of Structural Methods to Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Development.

She earned a BS degree in Geology from Western State College, an MS degree from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines.

RMAG is pleased to present Dr. Connie Knight with this award in honor of her passionate service to promote the public’s understanding of earth science.