From June 14th through the 18th, the Arizona Geological Survey hosted the Association of American State Geologists 107th Annual Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. The meeting was a great success with just over 100 professional participants from State Surveys, U.S.G.S., professional societies and other science agencies attending.
Participants of the Association of American State Geologists Conference enjoy a field trip to the
San Francisco Volcanic Field
The Arizona Geological Survey and Association of American State Geologists thank our friends and colleagues at the Arizona Geological Society for stepping forward to help sponsor this event.
The Arizona Geological Society has 50 new members
from 49 states! As a part of our sponsorship of the
107th Association of American State Geologists Annual Conference, we provided one-year free memberships
to the State Geologists from all states, excluding Arizona.
The status of the Lindgren collection is being addressed by a small committee of AGS members in collaboration with Mark Barton at the University of Arizona. The collection comprises rock and mineral specimens collected through the career of Waldmar Lindgren in his 31 years as a USGS geologist and from 1912 until his retirement, as a professor of geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The collection of over 10,000 specimens was shipped to Tucson in 2001 with the funding provided by the Arizona Geological Society and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society. Stored for over 12 years in a federally owned, weather proofed storage building at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Center at the University of Arizona, the AGS has begun to explore the fate of the collection and how best it could suit the needs of the geologic community.
Bruce Walker with an example of a Mineral Specimen
from the Lindgren Collection
A committee comprised of Carl Bowser, Stan Evans, Rachel Feuerbach, Dick Jones, Bob Kamilli, and Bruce Walker recently reported to the AGS Executive committee with suggestions about responsibilities of interested parties, suggested disposition of the collection, and the AGS involvement in bringing the collection to the attention of a larger geologic community.
Critical items that face the committee and AGS are: the establishment of a working relationship with the U of A on the disposition and value of the collection, the need for a formal written agreement with the U of A on potential involvement of AGS in documentation of the collection, establishing the value of the collection to the larger geologic community, and the identification of a timetable for the proposed work and setting of protocols for documentation and making the geologic community aware of the collection.
The Lindgren committee is strategizing arrangements with the U of A, and setting documentation protocols, provided the collection is deemed valuable enough to initiate the task of detailed cataloging. If and once the AGS working group decides to proceed with the project the help of volunteers with skills, such as, specimen examination and description, photo documentation, database merging techniques, and web development will be needed.
The AGS Executive Committee would like to pursue a sustainable AGS Outreach & Education program. But we need your help.
We need several people from the general membership with an interest in geoscience education to step forward and help us explore models of successful and sustainable outreach programs.
Earth science education at the K-12 level in Arizona has been the weak sister of the Arizona sciences for years. It will only improve if those of us with training and expertise in the geosciences step forward to assist K-12 educators.
Please read the attached PDF for more details. And please feel free to contact other EX Com officers with questions or concerns.
President, Arizona Geological Society
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Lindberg, Paul A., 2015, Oak Creek-Mormon Lake Graben, North-Central Arizona
: Arizona Geological Society Field Trip, May 2, 2015, 12 p. Purchase Arizona Geological Society Digests and Bulletins online at the Arizona Experience Store