The AGS held its first regular monthly dinner meeting in Tempe on November 4, after holding its meetings in Tucson for more than sixty years. Dr. Isabel Fay Barton, of the University of Arizona faculty, gave an excellent overview of “The Historical Development and Current Status of Geological Research in the Central African Copperbelt” at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel.
Over the years, AGS members of the Phoenix-Tempe area have suggested that some dinner meetings be held there rather than in Tucson. As an experiment, it was decided to hold such a meeting to see how many Phoenix-Tempe area members would attend and how many Tucson members would make the two hour drive. The experiment was a resounding success, with more dinner reservations requested than the hotel dining room could hold. In addition to the large turnout, many of the attendees made enthusiastic comments about the venue and the quality of the talk.
The Executive Committee will soon schedule another dinner meeting in the Phoenix-Tempe area to make sure that the large turnout was not just a fluke. If the turnout is like the first one, the Society plans to hold at least two meetings per year in the Phoenix-Tempe area.
A great deal of credit for the success of the meeting is due to the enthusiastic support and publicity of Professors Stephen Reynolds and Steven Semken of ASU.
If the Tempe-Phoenix dinner meetings continue to be a success, members in the Maricopa County area may want to start their own, independent chapter of AGS, much in the way that the Geological Society of Nevada has chapters in Las Vegas, Reno, Winnemucca and Elko.
Feedback on this suggestion from all AGS member will be greatly welcomed. Please send your suggestions and comments to Michael Conway, AGS President <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or Bob Kamilli, AGS Program Vice-President <email@example.com>.
The Arizona Geological Society held its second annual Doug Shakel Memorial Student Poster Meeting on Thursday April 24, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tempe. Student turnout was excellent from all three state universities. Not only did undergraduates participate as well as graduate students, but they also won two of the top three prizes.
Jason Mizer of the U of A won first prize, Lily Jackson of the U of A won second prize and Crystylynda Fudge of ASU won third prize. Honorable mentions were awarded to Ada Rosa Dominguez of the U of A, Meghan Guild of ASU and Daniel Hadley of NAU.
It is no exaggeration to say that all the posters and oral presentations were of excellent quality. The proof of this is that the judges, who took their job very seriously, haggled over the winners for an hour, although they had PDFs of most of the posters days before the event.