November’s AGS dinner meeting at Tempe’s Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel was a great success. Fifty people, mostly Phoenix-based members of AGS turned out to hear Isabel Fay Barton present a historical view of geologic research in the Central African Copperbelt. Isabel took the long view – in terms of human scale – beginning with prehistoric artifacts “mined, smelted, and traded” by the Congolese people ca. 6th century A.D. In 45-minutes, she walked us through the spectrum of geologic ideas that arose to explain the ore genesis from the 18th century to the present day. It was a masterful performance.
Tuesday night’s crowd was enthusiastic and receptive to holding future AGS dinners in the Phoenix area. The Executive Committee will be mulling this over as we schedule our 2015 speaker series. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us.
Mike Conway, President
We regret to announce that AGS President Kim Wilson passed away on 17 Sept. 2014 due to illness. Kim served as AGS Vice Treasurer in 2013 and as a Councilor in 2012 . She received a M.S. geosciences degree from Univ. of Arizona and had a successful consulting practice. Since 2010 she worked for Silver Bell Mine, logging core and supervising other geologists in support of Silver Bell’s resource evaluation.
Kim was a talented equestrian who competed in dressage. She loved her horses and old Fords. Her husband reports that Kim was very honored to be President of AGS, and she took the position very seriously. As AGS President, Kim listened carefully and spoke thoughtfully. She stayed active behind the scenes until shortly before she died. She is survived by her husband, Jim Norris, who also a geologist, her father, and numerous friends and associates who appreciated Kim’s quiet but effective management and communication style. AGS wishes to convey our condolences to Kim’s family and friends.
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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.