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Record Attendance for 2018 NM Mineral Symposium
November 13, 2018

The symposium had a record attendance of 281 people, and was action-packed from the "Friends of the Museum" reception on Friday evening through the talks and banquet, through the silent auction on Sunday morning. The meeting featured 13 talks, a number of which focused on minerals in New Mexico. Virgil Lueth, our Mineral Museum Director, presented a talk on "Color Stability in Minerals".

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AGI's "Earth as Inspiration" video released, featuring Bureau of Geology scientists teaching Jemez Pueblo students about volcanology Valles Caldera, NM
November 13, 2018

Bureau scientists joined AGI Earth Science Education Ambassador Sally Jewell for an outdoor earth science learning excercise in September 2018. They helped eighth-grade students from the Jemez Valley Middle School and San Diego Riverside Charter School explore the structure, deposits, and hazards posed by the super volcano in their own backyard at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

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Cynthia Connolly
Connie Apache awarded New Mexico Geological Society Honorary Membership Las Cruces, NM
October 26, 2018

Each year, the New Mexico Geological Society recognizes an individual who, over the years, has made extraordinary contributions to the society, and presents the person with a lifetime honorary membership. This year, Connie Apache, the administrative services coordinator at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, was the awardee. Congratulations, Connie, on this well-deserved honor!

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Mineral Museum Wins Best Institutional Exhibit at the 2018 Denver Gem & Mineral Show Gem & Mineral Show, Denver, CO
September 18, 2018

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum took first prize in the museum display category at the 2018 Denver Gem & Mineral Show.

AGI Geoscience Factsheets released for all 50 states
September 6, 2018

The American Geosciences Institute has released a series of Geoscience Factsheets, which "quantify vital contributions of geoscience (earth science) to the economy, environment, and public health and safety of every U.S. state", including New Mexico.

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"Tech Trek" 2019 geoscience education program funded by Halliburton Foundation
August 31, 2018

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources has received a $23,690 grant to support geoscience education at the summer 2019 American Assocation of University Women "Tech Trek" program.

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Drone imagery from Bureau scientist, Matt Zimmerer, selected as finalist for 2018 NSF "Vizzies"
June 27, 2018

Drone imagery from bureau field geologist, Matt Zimmerer, was selected as a finalist for the National Science Foundation’s 2018 Visualization Challenge, also known as The Vizzies. His entry “A Drone’s View of Earth’s Surface” showcases the different types of imagery that can be captured by drones.

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Virginia McLemore
USDI publishes list of critical minerals, many are found in NM
May 21, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Interior published the final list of 35 critical minerals after reviewing 453 public comments. Many of these critical minerals are found in New Mexico.

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Regional Groundwater Monitoring Along the Animas River Continues Animas River Valley
May 14, 2018

This study continues work done in the Animas Valley in Northwestern New Mexico over the past two years that aims to: (1) increase our understanding of geochemical processes related to existing inorganic contamination (i.e. metals) in the Animas River shallow aquifer with implications for potential contamination from specific sources, including the Gold King Mine (GKM) spill, and (2) monitor groundwater conditions to assess contamination due to the GKM spill and historical mining impacts.

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Bonnie Frey
Bureau scientists contribute to uranium exhibit at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque, NM
May 14, 2018

A uranium research team from New Mexico Tech and the University of New Mexico has been given a great opportunity to showcase its work with an exhibit, which opened this month, at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. The exhibit “What’s up with U?” includes substantial input from Bureau of Geology scientists Bonnie Frey and Virginia McLemore and was funded through Energize New Mexico, a National Science Foundation program (NM EPSCoR)

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