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The Secretary of the Army 1997 Environmental Award and the Secretary of the Defense 1997 Environmental Security Award for Cultural Resources Management, individual category, were presented to Alan J. Wormser of the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) during ceremonies at Fort Myer, Virginia, and the Pentagon. Competing with other Army individuals worldwide, Wormser, director of cultural resources for the TXARNG Adjutant General's Department of Texas, was honored for his creation and superior management of the only in-house cultural resources program in the National Guard. The Cultural Resources Management Award is judged on a set of criteria that included program management, technical merit, orientation to military readiness, suitability for use by others, community interaction, and program breadth. Wormser is responsible for 12 training sites and over 200 other facilities on nearly 55,000 acres of property across Texas. He manages over 400 archaeological sites, historical sites, historic districts, buildings, and structures. As the only National Guard employee currently certified to hold a federal or state archaeology permit, Wormser can plan and supervise all aspects of cultural resources surveys, historical studies, and reporting. Over the last four years, Wormser's in-house program of both government and contract employees has saved the taxpayers over $1.4 million in consultation fees for services rendered. Of this amount, $500,000 was saved during the 1997 fiscal year. During his tenure, Wormser managed his staff in gathering the information for and writing a National Register nomination for Camp Mabry, headquarters for the Texas National Guard. The camp, originally established in 1892, contains numerous World War I buildings. In August 1996, Camp Mabry was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Florida Archaeological Council presented its biannual "Stewards of Heritage Preservation Awards" to non-archaeologists who have made a commitment to archaeological preservation and education. The awards were presented at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Michael Gannon, Distinguished Service Professor of History and director of the University of Florida's Institute for Early Contact Period Studies, has aided in the training of many professional archaeologists in the state, served faithfully as steward of Florida's cultural heritage, supported and promoted numerous historical archaeological projects, and pioneered efforts to bridge history, preservation, archaeology, and public education. Michael Drummond, senior environmental specialist at Alachua County Department of Environmental Protection, has been active in promoting and protecting both the cultural resources of Alachua County and the environmental resources, informing the Florida Division of Historical Resources whenever historic or archaeological resources under its jurisdiction are jeopardized, and drafting an ordinance for the County Commission to review, which, if approved, will provide penalties for looting on county-owned properties and county projects. Kenneth Scott, editor of the University Press of Florida, has aided in the dissemination of archaeological information about Florida and the greater southeast by establishing two new series in archaeology and raising funds so that topics in these areas could be highlighted and supported. His role in producing publications geared toward the general public as well as the archaeological community has helped to promote preservation through public awareness and education. Robert Daniels, wildlife officer for the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission in Jefferson County, has actively pursued looters for several years and was instrumental in the precedent case of ordering $29,000 in restitution pursuant to F.S. 267 for illegal excavation in the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area. Daniels volunteers many hours to help archaeologists by reporting previously unknown sites, participates in public awareness efforts, and has helped to disseminate information by his written reports on archaeological site surveys. Garfield Beckstead, developer, has helped promote Florida archaeology through his continued support to research, preserve, and restore the history and prehistory of Useppa Island. His contributions are far-reaching and diverse, including the restoration and preservation of important architectural structures from the 1920s to the daily support of archaeological excavations. The Anderson family of St. Petersburg has made a commitment to archaeological preservation and education following in the footsteps of their father, Harold C. Anderson, by continuously supporting research and protecting the possible landing site of Panfilo de Narvaez. B. Calvin Jones was presented with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award shortly before his death, recognizing his nearly three decades of work in Florida archaeology.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) has issued its 1999 Call for Proposals for its Preservation Technology and Training Grants program. Since 1994, the PTTGrants program has awarded over $500,000 each year for innovative work in research, training, and information management projects on technical issues in historic architecture, archaeology, historic landscapes, objects and materials conservation, and interpretation. Grants are available in eight categories: information management, training and education, applied/fundamental research, environmental effects of outdoor pollutants, technology transfer, analytical facility support, conference support, and publications support. Application deadline is mid-December 1998. The 1999 Call for Proposals is available via email; by sending a blank message to pttgrants@ncptt.nps.gov the call for proposals will return automatically. To obtain a fax-on-demand, call (318) 357-3214 and follow the recorded instructions, and for web access, visit www.ncptt.nps.gov and click on "Preservation Technology and Training Grants." A brochure can be requested by sending an email message to ncptt@ncptt.nps.gov, calling (318) 357-6464, or writing NCPTT, NSU Box 5682, Natchitoches, LA 71497. PTTGrants are funded by federal appropriation and awards are subject to the availability of funds. For more information, contact John Robbins, NCPTT Executive Director, (318) 357-6464, fax (318)357-6421, email john_robbins@ncptt.nps.gov. The NCPTT is an office of the National Park Service under the associate director, Cultural Resource Stewardship and Partnerships. NCPTT promotes and enhances the preservation of prehistoric and historic resources in the United States for present and future generations through the advancement and dissemination of preservation and conservation technology and training.

Professor Fred S. Kleiner of Boston University will retire as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) at the end of his third term on June 30, 1998, and will be succeeded by Robert Bruce Hitchner, professor of history and director of the Center for International Programs at the University of Dayton. Hitchner has excavated and conducted surveys in Tunisia and France, and published extensively on the archaeology of Roman North Africa. Upon assuming editorship of AJA, he plans to post a statement detailing his ideas about the future of the journal. Manuscripts for consideration for publication in AJA should be sent to R. Bruce Hitchner, Editor-in-Chief, AJA, c/o Archaeological Institute of America, 656 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02215-2010.

The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies in the Department of History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas welcomes applications for three research fellowships: The Clements Research Fellowship in Southwest Studies, open to individuals in any field in the humanities or social sciences doing research on Southwestern America, the Carl B. and Florence E. King Research Fellowship in Southwestern History, and the Summerfield-Roberts Research Fellowship in Texas History. The fellowships are designed to provide time for senior or junior scholars to bring book-length manuscripts to completion. Fellows would be expected to spend the 1999-2000 academic year at SMU, teach one course during the two-semester duration of the fellowship, and participate in center activities. Each fellow will receive the support of the center and access to the extraordinary holdings of the DeGolyer Library. Fellowships carry a stipend of $30,000, health benefits, a modest allowance for research and travel expenses, and a subvention for the publication of the book. Applicants should send two copies of their vita, a description of their research project, and a sample chapter or extract; and arrange to have letters of reference sent from three individuals who can assess the significance of the work and the ability of the scholar to accomplish it. Send applications to David J. Weber, Director, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Department of History, SMU, Dallas, TX 75275-0176. Applications must be received by January 15, 1999. The award will be announced on March 2, 1999. Applicants need not specify the fellowship for which they are applying. This announcement contains all the information necessary to complete the application process.

The Archaeology Data Service is pleased to announce the web publication of its GIS Guide to Good Practice, written by Mark Gillings, Peter Halls, Gary Lock, Paul Miller, Greg Phillips, Nick Ryan, David Wheatley, and Alicia Wise. It provides guidance for individuals and organizations involved in the creation, maintenance, use, and long-term preservation of GIS-based digital resources. The volume is written for specialists, students, and those in between. This is the first volume in a series of Guides to Good Practice produced by the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS). The AHDS is a digital archiving service in the United Kingdom, consisting of six distributed services catering for the needs of researchers in archaeology, history, performing arts, text studies, and visual arts. Information about the AHDS Guide to Good Practice series can be obtained at ahds.ac.uk/public/guides.html. Four additional guides in this series are being developed by the Archaeology Data Service. They cover the archiving of digital excavation records, data derived from aerial photographs and remotely sensed images, CAD datasets, and archaeological geophysics information. For more information about these Guides in particular, see ads.ahds.ac.uk/project/goodguides/g2gp.html. A traditional published version of the GIS Guide to Good Practice will be available fall 1998 from Oxbow Books, Park End Place, Oxford, OX1 1HN, email oxbow@patrol.i-way.co.uk.

Discover Archaeology is a new illustrated, glossy bimonthly magazine about the latest discoveries in archaeology and the archaeological sciences, written for those who are curious about archaeology and have a sense of discovery and a passion for adventure. Discover Archaeology will cover the archaeology of the world like no other magazine. Through informative articles, vivid graphics, and beautiful photographs, the reader will take part in the latest discoveries from around the globe both on land and under water. Each article will be carefully edited and accompanied by illustrations that enhance the reader's understanding of the subject matter. The editorial content includes feature articles, essays and comments, a forum section, and reviews. The editorial staff will strive to provide content that is broad enough for the general reader, but rigorous enough for the scientist. As of December 1998 the magazine will be available on newsstands throughout the United States and select foreign countries, as well as by individual and institutional subscription. Information about the magazine, its content, and breaking news in archaeology will be provided on the magazine's web site Discover Archaeology Online (www.discoverarchaeology.com). We will always be looking for articles, both short news briefs and full-length submissions, and hope that you can contribute. Guidelines for submissions can be found on the web site.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona is pleased to announce the appointment of John W. Olsen as its new department head effective July 15, 1998. Olsen is replacing William A. Longacre who was selected as the Fred A. Riecker Distinguished Professor of Anthropology.

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