• Mather Medal
    November 18, 2022 - December 1, 2022
    6:00 pm - 8:00 am

Mather Medal

Awards Ceremony

The Ohio Geological Survey announces the presentation of the Mather Medal recognizing outstanding contributions to Ohio geology to

Dr. Michael C. Hansen

Friday, November 18, 2022
Fawcett Event Center—The Ohio State University
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio, 43210
6:00 PM Social Hour/Cash Bar
7:00 PM Plated Dinner
8:00 PM Award Ceremony

Plated dinner: Choice of grilled pork cutlets or vegetarian lasagna and includes vegetable salad, dessert, and choice of beverage. Appetizers will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. Those with questions about event registration or dietary restrictions may contact the Ohio Geological Survey by emailing geo.survey@dnr.ohio.gov or by calling (614) 265-6576.

Reservations must be made by November 4, 2022.

Cost is $40.00 per person

Please also consider sponsoring this event at the $100 or $250 amounts. A sponsorship helps the organizer offset the cost of meals provided to special guests and expenses for audio visual equipment.

About Dr. Hansen

For 40+ years Mike Hansen was the face of the Ohio Geological Survey. Although he never served as Chief and State Geologist, he was the most recognized, trusted, and accomplished staff member—the “go-to-person” for almost any outside group, including geologic societies and editors, journalists, naturalists, academics, and other organizations.

Dr. Hansen envisioned most of the important Survey initiatives that were established during his career at ODNR, and he doggedly pursued them until he acquired support from management, support from the staff, and funding to make these initiatives real. His career spanned a time period that included classic geologic investigations to the modernized, highly technical science that it is today.

His professional service outside of ODNR included advisory roles at the Kirtlandia Society, the American Lung Association, City of Columbus Health Department, Ohio Seismic Hazards Advisory Board, COSI, Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Ohio Historical Society.

During his career, Dr. Hansen published more than fifty maps, journal articles, and other publications; more than 65 Ohio Geology newsletter articles; numerous GeoFacts; and the Catalog of Ohio Earthquakes. He founded the Ohio Seismic Network and spent a lifetime communicating the sciences of geology and paleontology to Ohioans at all levels.

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Venue Phone: 614-292-1342

Venue Website:

2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210, United States


Fawcett Event Center—The Ohio State University

2400 Olentangy River Road

Columbus, Ohio, 43210