Jenson honored with ‘Chamorri’ award | Guam News

John W. Jenson received the Ancient Order of the CHamorri award for his contribution to the island over the past three decades.

Acting Governor Joshua Tenorio, on behalf of Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, presented the honor at a ceremony held Monday at the governor’s office in Adelup.

The award is given to individuals who contribute and demonstrate a genuine interest in the island’s community, history, cultures, traditions or values ​​and concerns. It was presented in both Chamoru and English, in accordance with local legislation.

Jenson joined the faculty at the University of Guam in 1993 after being hired as a hydrogeologist and groundwater modeler for the Western Pacific Water Environment Research Institute, also known as WERI, according to the proclamation.

The scientist began teaching hydrogeology, Pacific Island geological and climatic history, and scientific competence and integrity in 1994 when he joined UOG’s Environmental Science program.

His research covers both fundamental and practical areas of island groundwater hydrology and environmental science, such as mapping and numerical modeling of the Guam North Lens Aquifer, its hydrological processes, evolution of calcareous island aquifers, salinity patterns and trends in Guam’s production sinks, reconstruction of prehistoric climatic conditions in Guam and the Western Pacific, and management of the Guam North Lens Aquifer and the protection of groundwater quality, the statement says.

Anita Enriquez, Acting President of UOG, highlighted her work for the community during her remarks.

“(Jenson) is one of the most amazing people I’ve met in the last 30 years,” Enriquez said. “Dr. Jenson is such a blessing, not only to UOG, not only to our island, but to our region as well. The many partnerships he has forged on behalf of the Institute of Environment and Research of the Western Pacific are very distinguished and remarkable.

Recently, Jenson completed the hydrogeological study of the Santa Rita Spring and is working with the Guam Environmental Protection Agency to develop an improved approach to aquifer protection.

Tenorio shared the importance of the work Jenson has done for the island and the region.

“There’s so much going on with an expanded population and all the challenges that come with that,” the lieutenant governor said. “You’ve managed to put together a reliable program, to mentor so many professionals, so much so, in fact, that a lot of young people are coming to university, and I’ve met a few who are already starting to do their service, some of them go into the private sector. You’ve basically created a network of experts on local talent that we can learn from.”

Over the years, Jenson has helped the university with recruited and local experts, according to Tenorio.

“You have been able to give us reliable information to protect our people in a very dynamic situation, and now in 2022, Guam is once again shouldering the burden of regional peace and security in a very important way,” said he added.

Finally, after the kind words, an emotional Jenson spoke a few words, noting that it wasn’t done on his own.

“I didn’t do any of this myself,” Jenson said. “It’s often the result of teamwork. Good science is a team sport. The legends omit the rules and the students and the staff and even the great discoveries, perhaps especially the great discoveries. Scientists can win the Nobel Prizes, but their staff and students do the heavy lifting. I call them the front that plays tricks on science. They don’t give Nobel prizes in geology. Geologists are the children who come home with rocks in their pockets. And even if they gave away Nobel prizes in geology, that’s better. It has been my privilege and honor to serve and be part of this great community.

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