October 25, 2004
Geologist Receives Distingusished Service Award

The Wyoming Geological Association (WGA) honored W. Dan Hausel, Senior Economic Geologist at the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) with the Association's 2004 Distinguished Service Award for grateful recognition and outstanding endeavors and contributions to the work and progress of the Association. The award was presented by Ralph Specht, Vice President of WGA, on Friday, October 22, at Casper's Petroleum Club.

Mr. Specht read a brief biography during the presentation, which is summarized here. W. Dan Hausel received BS and MS degrees in Geology from the University of Utah in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He has worked as a consultant for various companies and his current title is Senior Economic Geologist for the WSGS.

Hausel has mapped over 600 square miles of historic mining districts and Precambrian geology including the two largest kimberlite districts in the U.S. He has authored or co-authored more than 450 publications and has lectured to hundreds of groups around North America. Over the years, he has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work. Hausel's hobbies include sketching and martial arts. He is an accomplished artist and is considered one of the top martial arts instructors in North America.

Hausel followed the presentation with a lecture on the Geology of gemstone deposits, which included discussions on some new gemstone discoveries made by the WSGS in the state.

Press Release
from the Office of the Wyoming State Geologist
Ron Surdam, State Geologist