Vol. XXXVII, No. 3 --- March 2000
What does the California Federation do for me? Why should my club be a part of this organization? What benefits do we receive as members? These are all valid questions which deserve honest answers.
The California Federation has much to offer its member clubs. The majority of clubs generally think of low cost liability insurance as being the most visible service available. If forced to obtain their own individual policies, most organizations would be unable to afford the cost. We have made it possible for clubs of moderate means to have this vital coverage. If truth were known, some of the member clubs see this insurance coverage as being the only reason they joined us in the first place and the primary reason they continue their membership.
But ...the California Federation has so much more to offer. At a loss for program ideas, many clubs regularly take advantage of the program services we make available. The Podium People is a listing of speakers and their program topics. This publication is updated on a regular basis with additional information on new speakers and topics published in the monthly newsletter. Each club program chair should have a copy of the most recent edition in his/her files. Many clubs regularly use the slide and video programs available at a modest fee. Your program chair should also have a copy of the listing. If your club's copy of either of these has disappeared, replacements are available for a modest fee. Contact Executive Secretary/Treasurer Renata Bever for information.
Clubs generally publish a newsletter of some size. The California Federation sponsors a yearly bulletin editor's contest, which gives editors an opportunity to submit their newsletters, and original articles for constructive critiques by experienced editors from the other federations. The top scoring bulletins and articles go on to further judging at the American Federation level. Although not everyone wins a trophy, everyone who enters is potentially a winner because the suggestions made can help you produce a better newsletter for your club. As a club newsletter editor for eleven years, I credit these contests as helping me continually improve the appearance and content of my two bulletins. I encourage all club bulletin editors to set their egos aside and take advantage of this opportunity. Who knows? Your bulletin might even be the big prizewinner!
Our website is being continually expanded in an effort to bring you the news faster and faster. No longer does anyone with web access have to complain about never seeing a California Federation newsletter! The newsletter is posted to the site each and every month. Instructions on how to cut and paste information to your word processor are even provided. Editors: you now have no reason NOT to include federation news in your bulletins. Soon club field trip information will be included on the site. An honest effort is being made to have clubs share field trip information with other CFMS members. Many people see field trips as the main reason they participate and are anxious to attend other clubs' field trips when permitted. The two field trip chairmen are coordinating this effort with the web site committee.
Two Earth Science Seminars are sponsored each year ...one at Zyzxx in the spring and one at Camp Paradise in late summer. Each weeklong seminar features hands on instruction in some aspect of the lapidary and jewelry arts. Anyone who belongs to a CFMS club can attend.
Are you and your club getting your money's worth? You should be. I've described only a few of the ways your Federation membership can benefit you. There are many, many more! Do you have constructive ideas on how some of our programs can be improved? Let's hear from you!
Riverside Convention Center
August 4, 5, 6 - 2000
It's time to think about your exhibits for the show. Letters will be sent sometime after mid-February to guest exhibitors whose names appeared on exhibitor lists from previous shows. Don't feel that if you don't receive a letter, you can't exhibit! People who didn't receive a letter have either indicated that they will be unable to attend or they didn't exhibit non-competitively at a recent show and therefore did not appear on any of the lists. Everyone is welcome to exhibit. Exhibit forms were included in the information packet given or mailed to your Federation director last fall. If you have Internet access, you can log onto the CFMS website and download a copy of the form as well as all the other registration forms.
Quality exhibits are the heart of a club or Federation sponsored show. Yes, people come to buy from the dealers, but the exhibit section is what sets us apart from the commercially sponsored shows. The exhibits sow the seeds of interest in the person who is considering our activities as something they would like to learn more about. Seeing the exhibits on display by the local club is what initially hooked me on lapidary and later on the study of minerals many years ago.
The California Federation shows enjoy a nationwide reputation for having GREAT exhibits. I have attended shows in all but one of the other regional federations and feel proud of what our members do to enhance our shows. I'm calling upon all of you to help us keep up that proud tradition!
See you in Riverside!!!
April 9 to 16, 2000
ZZYZX ROAD, SODA SPRINGS
Izzie and Bill Burns
Ray and Florence Meisenheimer
Cal and Dee Clason
There are still a few openings for the CFMS Earth Science Studies. Attendance is limited to 60. It is important to send your attendance form early. One is included in this newsletter.
This very popular learning opportunity offers field trips, bead stringing, carving (soft stone), study of fossils, cabochon making, silver smithing, wire wrap, along with interesting evening programs.
The instructors are all experts in their field, and you will have a wonderful opportunity to improve your skills or learn new lapidary art form.
Facilities are adequate, also adequate room for parking RVs.
After we receive your request to join us, you will receive directions on what to bring for the different workshops.
Three wholesome meals are provided and food and water is sent out on field trips.
If you use a can or walker, please make note of it on your application.
The number of attendees is limited, so send in your application early. For a copy of the ZZYZX application form (Click Here).
Teaching California's State Rockhound Symbols
A fun and satisfying classroom presentation for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade is introducing their state rockhound symbols: benitoite, serpentine, gold, arid the sabre-tooth cat. Teachers love this presentation because it mixes natural science with state history in an interactive format. To prepare, you should have specimens spread out on a table or the teacher's desk; each covered by a cloth.
Kick off by waving the state flag as the ultimate state symbol and ask if anyone knows of other state symbols. Kids often come up with the state flower (the California poppy), the state tree (the redwood), and, after some thought, the state bird (the valley quail). Some even come up with the state fish (golden trout) or the state animal (grizzly), and an exceptional kid may even dredge up the state insect (dog-faced butterfly) or the state reptile (the infamous California desert tortoise). But ask about our state rockhound symbol, and you'll get a roomful of blank faces. When you go on to explain that we have not one but FOUR state rockhound symbols, you may generate a low buzz as kids crane to see exactly what might be under those drapes on the teacher's desk.
I always start with the state gemstone, benitoite. To give you some background, benitoite is an exceptionally rare mineral restricted almost exclusively to a single California locale. The legislature and Gov. George Deukmajian adopted it as the state gemstone in Oct. 1985. It's the only known mineral that crystallizes in its unique hexagonal/trigonal form and is one of the rarest minerals suitable for faceting into jewelry. James Couch discovered it in 1906 while prospecting for cinnabar. Initially dismissed as "volcanic glass of no value" by one Los Angeles lapidary, it was identified by George Louderback, a famous UC-Berkeley mineralogy professor (Couch actually thought he had stumbled upon a-. cache of sapphires). In a 1909 monograph, Louderback described it as a blue barium-titanium silicate and named it after the Benitoite Gem Mine, which in turn gets its name from the headwaters of the San Benito River in San Benito County, where it's found. To introduce benitoite, ask the kids if they know what a gemstone is. After a discussion of mom's wedding ring, ruby necklaces, and sapphire earrings, you'll have the kids primed to meet benitoite. If you're lucky enough to have a faceted example, dazzle the kids with its beauty. Benitoite fluoresces, which gives you a good opportunity for introducing this mineral with an activity that elicits murmurs of delight from kids by shining a black light on a specimen in a darkened box.
Serpentine, a green metamorphic rock, can be seen on many hillsides throughout the Coast Ranges, where it can be a dominant part of the landscape. Large quantities are also found in the Sierra Nevada. It's the host rock for a variety of valuable commercial minerals; for instance, jade is often associated with serpentine. Gov. Edmund Brown, Sr., designated it the state rock in 1965. To introduce this rock in an interactive way, unveil a large specimen and pass it around the room, letting students pet the slick, shiny surface. Then ask how they think it got its name. The answer: the green scales of a serpent! Because it's so abundant, you should plan a club field trip to collect a quantity to bring to the classroom so that students can take home specimens to start rock collections of their own.
Also in 1965, Gov. Brown designated gold our state mineral to honor the prospectors whose great influx in 1849 helped build "The Golden State." Arguably the most famous specimen is the "Golden Bear Nugget" found in 1857 at the Georgia Hill Mine in the area of Yankee Jim. It's on display at the L.A. County Museum of Natural History and often shown at the CFMS state gem and mineral show. Gold is a desirable mineral in art and industry and has been used as money for thousands of years. As more economies divorce themselves of the "gold standard," perhaps its most important use today is in electronic devices, particularly computers and spacecraft, where its resistance to corrosion is valued for providing consistent, reliable performance. Introduce the state mineral by holding up a gold pan and a nugget and asking if anyone knows what a "Forty-Niner" is. Once you get beyond football, you have a great opportunity for talking about both history and mineralogy. If you have the time and space, it's also fun to demonstrate gold panning in a tub of water and-sandy-gravel salted with a bit of gold dust and a nugget or two.
Our state fossil is the sabre-tooth cat, Smilodon californicus, honoring the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, where more than 2,500 specimens have been discovered. About the size of an African lion but with dramatically enlarged canines, they thrived from 1,800,000 to 11,000 years ago, when they went extinct along with mammoths, giant ground sloths, and other lee Age beasts. The tar pits were used by Native Americans to waterproof baskets and were observed in Aug. 1769 by Gaspar de Portola. Few people are aware of the political battle that Smilodon had to win to obtain its designation. The Jurupa Mountain Earth Science Associates first proposed Fremontia fremonti, a species of Cambrian trilobite found in California's Marble Mountains, and a bill was introduced in 1972 to designate this "bug" our state fossil. Very quickly, other candidates entered the fray, including Smilodon (introduced after lobbying by Peggy McCain of the Southern California Paleontological Society), the dawn redwood Metasequoia, and the scallop of Shell Oil fame (an obvious favorite of the petroleum lobby...). The primary field of candidates quickly narrowed to Smilodon and Fremontia. In Jan. 1974, Gov. Ronald Reagan officially crowned Smilodon the winner. A fun way to introduce kids to both politics and fossils is to hold an election of your own. After explaining the legislative battle (but without revealing the winner), unveil a trilobite specimen and a cast of a Smilodon skull or a model of a sabre-tooth cat. Then ask kids to hold their own election between "Smiley Don" and "Free Monty" for state fossil. Every single time I've tried this, Smiley Don. has won hands-down, telling us that, at least once, our legislature has acted with a true appreciation of their constituents!
A nice way to conclude is by unrolling a CFMS poster of the state rockhound symbols to present to the teacher for display in the classroom. I also distribute copies of a picture I've drawn of a prospector surrounded by the state rock, mineral, gemstone, and fossil to reinforce the lesson with an art project that kids can color and take home. The May/June 1999 issue of California Geology magazine has a "Teacher Feature" article on our state symbols; to get copies, call their Publications and Information Office, (916) 445-5716. I have a supply of the CFMS rockhound symbol posters for anyone who would like to request some to donate to teachers. The rest is up to you. Get together with others in your club, assemble your specimens, call a few teachers to arrange visits, and-as always-go forth and have fun!
If you don't have a vehicle, you might not be able to go on a field trip. Of course, if you don't own one, that's another matter. What I want to discuss at this time is how to help prevent the loss of you vehicle due to theft.
You can take suitable precautions to make-it more difficult for someone to steal your "wheels." The more of these ideas you use, the better your protection should be. No guarantee though, because for every lock, someone has a key. Start with parking. At home, in your garage is the most secure spot.
Otherwise, in other places, park in a well-lighted area. Look ALL the doors. Never leave your keys in the car, not even when you go to pay for gas at a service station. Shut the windows tightly. Of course, on the East coast, I had to barely crack open a window to prevent the heat building up and exploding a window, which I found out the hard way on a borrowed car. Never leave the engine running unattended. (Which would mean two NO-NOS--- Keys and engine running.) That is too much of a temptation for some spur of the moment theft by a hoodlum, or a bored teenager. Don't conceal a spare key out side of your car. Car thieves know all the hiding spots. Use a visible steering wheel locking device. Sure, they can be cut off, but the thieves prefer quicker and easier targets. A fuel or ignition shut off device is a good thing. Use an alarm system. Put your valuables in the trunk; don't leave them in plain sight.
Rockhounds from Northern California to Southern California are driving during March to enjoy one or more of the 12 listed rock and gem shows. These shows are similar to a field trip, with not only dealers and demonstrators but also special lectures or geology movies by knowledgeable fellow rockhounds. All these events are working to increase the general information base in our community on the earth sciences. These special events are similar to special people in our clubs who help keep our clubs going year to year. Take a note of these special people who worked hard to plan and participate in your club's events and choose these folks in your Board Meetings as your Rockhound for this year. Then send these resumes to me. My mailbox was empty this last month, yet I have great faith in our clubs and expect to have names to share with you next month.
We finally have received several requests for entry forms, and expect at least a few completed entries for 1999-year activities. The deadline for entry receipt by us is April 30, so you still have time to get forms and prepare entries. This year, after regional scoring, ALL entries will be sent on for national judging, thus giving each entry two chances for an award. Give it a try!
Little Petroglyph Canyon, located in the Coso Range of the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), China Lake, California, contains what has been described as the highest concentration of rock art in the Western Hemisphere. Thousands of designs have been chipped into the dark desert varnish over the past 16,000 years and the images are as varied as the-artists who created them. The images include bighorn sheep, snakes, anthropomorphic figures and abstract "entoptic" designs.
In cooperation with NAWS, the Maturango Museum offers guided public tours to Little Petroglyph Canyon. Scheduled tours are conducted at times that do not interfere with the Navy mission.
Little Petroglyph Canyon is approximately 1.2 miles of sandy wash. Some spots are rocky and may be difficult for non-hikers. Good walking boots/shoes are a must. Pit toilets, as well as a covered picnic area, are provided at the top of the canyon, but all participants must bring their own food and water. It is recommended that participants bring two liters of water per person.
Regular Tour: $15/member, $25/non-members
Important Rules: Strictly adhered to by the Navy & the Museum
Dates are weekends in March, April, May and first weekend of June.
For more information contact;
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 2 pm,
Friday 1:00 - 5 pm
Updated information can also be found on our Website!
Howdy all! Well it's been a great month; however, I was unable to make the Hauser Beds trip. My company is being re-organized and I was given the choice to either make the trip or be back in time for meetings to add security to my job, it was a tough call. After all you don't need to be employed to enjoy the desert. I wanted very much to -make that trip. Instead I went early to Quartzite and had a great time. As always you could spend a month's salary and still not be satisfied. It is like a kid in a candy store. I found some great deals on some Wyoming Blue Forest twigs and branches and some really good Midnight Plume Rough. I also made sure I had time to stop at Pat McMahan's booth for his great selection of Plume and Sagenite and as always he had some wonderful surprises. I left a day early and stopped in the Chuckawalla's to collect and picked up some nice White Tube Agate, White feathery Plume, Sagenite and Iris Agate. The Iris reminds me of a location I know near L.A. Iris with its rainbows is always a treat.
Well let's skip to the real message for the month and that is Stone Canyon! As I stated last month the trip for Stone Canyon was tentatively set for May and it is now confirmed for 9AM, Saturday, May 13". The reasoning for picking the 131h is that the rancher had plans the prior weekend and the 27''' through 29th is the Memorial Day weekend, which most clubs plan for their longer trips. The 141" is mother's Day and of course no rockhound in his right mind would tell his wife that some agate is more important than her. So the 13,b it is and it stands to be a great day. Remember that you must be a CFMS member to attend this trip. Also I want to remind everyone that we owe a dept of gratitude to Steve Blocksage for setting up this trip last year but due to rain it was rescheduled for this date. Steve had arranged last year for 20,000 lbs. to be dug up and it is still waiting for us. The cost is $25.00, which gets you 50 lbs. of Stone Canyon. Jasper and the rancher does not want checks and obviously he doesn't have a credit card machine in a cow pasture so BRING CASH. This material since being dug up has not had a chance to bleach, and from the material Steve had when the trip was cancelled it is of top quality. Any jasper you wish to purchase is .50 cents per lb. after the initial 501bs. I want to stress that this is not a trip for dealers, period. This trip was set up for CFMS member rockhounds, not businessmen and resellers. When the trip was cancelled last year, 1 sat near the rancher and listened as one of the several dealers that showed up tried to bar-gain for the material that was dug up for us. The dealer said "I'll give you the $5,000.00 and you give me the material at 25 cents a pound and talked about bringing in a d9 and a hauler to take the material away. This was beyond rude! Others showed up in Parkfield with trailers and Uhauls in tow. A note, that if it doesn't fit in your vehicle you are probably never going to be able to cut it. L was asked to pick up material for two fellow rockhounds that couldn't make it and I still would not have needed a trailer.
Again it is recommended that you have a high profile vehicle or 4x4. When it was cancelled last year we were told that when wet even our 4x4's wouldn't make it up the hill to the collecting spot. Also this material is VERY sharp when broken. Bring Gloves, goggles or protective glasses and the usual hammer, chisel etc. It will probably be warm but long sleeves quite often protect the arms from flying debris. The material will be readily available and "easy picking's" so you probably not be on the ranch very long but depending on what you anticipate you may want to pack some snacks or lunch. Not that this trip is out there but I always pack for the un-anticipated breakdown with water, dried food, granola bars etc. It is sort of the rockhounds earthquake kit. I will post the trip on the CFMS website as soon as I get the insurance set up. In the meantime jot down that we will meet at 9:OOam in Parlcfield, California "a 1 block town" on Saturday the 131 of May 2000. Parkfield is in-between Coalinga and Paso Robles. You can get the map from Thomas guides or from the many web map programs like on Yahoo. Remember my Email is IROCKHOUND@DAOL.com and you can email me with questions.
One other quick note. I am tracking down a couple of other really good trip possibilities for later in the year plus a likely trip to North Cady Mountains for Sagenite Agate. Also, since the Horse Canyon collecting area wasn't sold I will begin setting up another trip to my favorite location of all! Please, if you have a favorite place that might be a good group trip give me a call with the suggestion. Thanks as always, Steve.
Program Aids Chair
Last month, I had the pleasure of reading the 1999 Program Reports sent in by eleven clubs from around California:
Capistrano Gem & Mineral - Dick Knox
Carmichael Gem & Mineral - Debbie Bunn
Fossils for Fun - Debbie Bunn
Palos Verdes Gem & Mineral - Bob Beachler
Peninsula Gem & Geology - Colleen McGann
Sacramento Gem & Mineral - Sharon Boylan
Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem - Marion Fowler
San Diego Mineral & Gem - Anne Schafer
R. Santa Margarita Gem & Mineral -Dick Knox
Vista Gem & Mineral - Joan Keith
Please accept my thanks, all of you thoughtful people, for taking the time to write about your club's activities. (Note: more tangible thanks in the form of a piece of tumbled topaz rough is in the mail to each club, to use as they wish.) How about adding your club's name to this list and receiving your own piece of topaz, hmm?
Have you ever wondered what land of programs other clubs are presenting? I know that I have. Here is a breakdown of the 126 programs that I read about in the reports: 33 expert speakers on many topics 27 programs by club members 26 videos on hobby subjects 14 slide shows, from CFMS or by members 13 dinners, banquets, picnics, and potlucks 7 fund-raising auctions, both live and silent 4 demonstrations (gold panning, sphere making, flintknapping, chain making) 3 workshops (related to Show preparations) 3 "Name that Rock/Mineral/Fossil" contests
Fact: Only one program wasn't about rocks! Where did all those good programs come from? The number one all-time best source of programs is... the members of your own club! Ask your members first. They take slides and videos on field trips and vacations, visit rock shops, museums and parks all over the country, purchase even more slides and videos, plus they pick up lots of rocks wherever they go! They can demonstrate special skills, show off things they have made or collected, or pass on advanced knowledge on an amazing number of topics. They have friends in other clubs, know lots of mineral and fossil dealers, meet geologists, gemologists and museum staff when pursuing their own-interests - and all of these people may be willing to present programs, too!
How does one convince club members to give a talk, show slides or a video? It's easy! Be nosy, find out where your members have been and where they are going. Be excited, about what they learned and why they went. Be persistent, ask them every few months if they might be willing to do a program, and switch potential program topics until you find one that they like. Be friendly, chat with new members to learn if they have a special interest that might turn into a good program. Be helpful, any way you can, to make it easier for your members to present a program. Be thankful, when they say "yes" and put on a good show.
Tip #1: At most meetings of the Palos Verdes Gem and Mineral Society, one member presents a supplemental five-minute "Show and Tell", which may be coordinated with the program.
Tip #2: When demonstrating silver chain-making at the Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society, member Aileen Geddes brought copper wire for a hands-on experience for all who wished to try chain-making. Much cheaper!
Tip #3: Start recording this year's programs to go into next year's Program Report. Thanks!
There will be a Field Trip Report on the CFMS Field Trip to WiIey Wells in the next bulletin. In the meantime, check out the pictures on CFMSInc web site (www cfmsinc.org). This site also has a Field Trip page. This is an excellent place to let other clubs know what your club is doing. Don't forget the links.
I'd like to thank Rosemarie and Jesse Young for the two beautiful cabs. They are "Christmas Tree" agate from Black Rock Desert, NV
I'm looking for cabs from each of the CFMS Past Presidents for the cab case. If you have not sent me one, please look at the list noted in one of the bulletins from last year, and send in your selection...
As I have mentioned at a number of meetings these past few years, there is a wish list of cabs from popular hunting areas that would be great to have in our collection among them are Turquoise from the mines of Nevada and Agate from Black Rock Desert. I'm sure if you thought about it, you'd think of beautiful material you found in California, Nevada and Arizona that isn't a part of our collection yet. Remember, it's not too early to start cutting and polishing that cab you want to donate to the CFMS CAB COLLECTION. You will be rewarded with your name, and the name of your club on the card that accompanies the cab.
I have recently been working on pictures of all the past GOLDEN BEARS. At the present time I need the following pictures:
It's possible I will have pictures of both Mike and Jim, but the pictures I took in November are still in the camera ....
I'm also looking for pictures of the CFMS Scholarship Honoree pictures:
I'm also looking for pictures of the Honorary Members of CFMS. But more on this next month.
REMEMBER: We are looking for club bulletins, club pins, cabs, and early memorabilia of the CFMS -- pictures of early show/conventions, and early programs of the awards banquets, (before 1979).
Anything you can do to help would be most welcome.
I am also the AFMS Historian and have to recreate the history of the AFMS. It was lost when the historian had Alzheimer's and we didn't know it. By the time two representatives of the AFMS went to Florida to retrieve the files, they had been stored in a warehouse and were beyond salvaging.
If you have any early memorabilia of any AFMS show/conventions, you would be willing to part with, I would be most grateful.
We have just received the first two AFMS THESIS for our historical library from Dr. Mike Walawender, San Diego State University. Mike was the AFMS Awardee in 1996 and prom-ised at that time we would re-ceive the thesis from the two students who received his scho-larships.
The first is "Volcanic Stratigraphy and Geologic Evolution of Riverside, Oregon." By WILLIAM EUGENE HANSON, Spring 1998. And the second "Geologicy of the Split Mountain Sturzstrom , Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California." By STEVEN E. BORRON, Spring 1999.
We also received the following books from Mike and his associates at San Diego State University:
Again, thanks to Mike and the other professors at San Diego State University.
AFMS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, INC.
The Honorary Award Winners from six Regional Federations have selected students to receive AFIIS Scholarship Foundation grants for the 1999-2000 school year. All grants are for $2,000-00 per year, each, for two years. 390 students have received grants from the Foundation since the first grant was given in 1965, $300.00, for a total of $918,650.00. The generous support of the Foundation by the AFMS societies and their members have made this possible.
Following is a list of the students receiving scholarship grants -for this year, plus those students receiving the second year of the 1998-99 grants:
Jason Mayfield received his B.S. degree at California State University, Hayward, his M.S. at the University of California, Davis, where he continues his work towards his Ph.D. in Geology. His research interest is "the origin and tectonic history of accreted terranes in the North American cordillera in the context of understanding continental growth."
Murray Lee Eiland, a native of Vallejo, California, began his studies in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Art History at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a degree from Oxford University, England, in Oriental Archaeology. Currently at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he is working on his M.S. in Earth Science. His thesis topic is the mineralogical analysis (using infrared spectroscopy) of archaeological ceramics.
Robert A. Bielinskv and Mark Webster, receiving the second year of their grants, continue work for their Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences at the University of California, Riverside.
Daniel Lee Zeltner received his B.S. in Geology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Now at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, he is working on his M.S. in Geology. His thesis work entails the use of mineral chemistry, petrochemistry, and petrography in his study of the detailed geology of high-rank metamorphic terrane in the Eastern margin of Vestfiord, Norway.
Thomas Mark Park received his B.S. in Geology at Georgia South-Western State University, Americus, and is pursuing his M.S. in Geology at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. His thesis work involves study on the peculiar fluorine-rich pegmatites in the Sparta district, Georgia, a district well known for its granite quarries.
Benson Chow, a 1998-99 student, continues work on his M.S. in Geology at Mississippi State University, Starksville.
Cynthia L. Abbott, a 1998-99 student, continues her studies for her M.S. in Geosciences at Mississippi State University, Starksville.
Matthew R. Miller received his B.S. in Geology at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio and is working on his M.S. in Geology at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. He has done research work on the geologic mapping of Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Bonnie Muller received her B.S. in Geology at St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, and is at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, studying for her M.S. in Geology. She recently completed a thesis on the Morphometric Analysis of the Glacial Border Region, Southwestern New York.
Micahel A. Brennan, receiving the second year of his grant, continues his studies for his M.S., concentrating on Hydrogeology at Michigan State University, East Lansing.
Karen R. Stockstill completed work on her M.S. in Geology at Michigan State University, and is now working on her Ph.D. in Planetary Geology at the University of Tennessee, Nashville.
Susan Rasmussen, a native of Bellingham, Washington, graduated from Western Washington University, Bellingham, with a B.A. in Geology. She continues her studies there, working towards a M.S. in Geology. Her thesis research concerns Modeling of Saltwater Intrusions on Lummi Island, Washington. Her goal is to become a geologist in the field of Environmental Geology or Hydrogeology.
Karel Tracy received his B.A. in Geology at the University of Rochester, New York, and is enrolled at Western Washington University, Bellingham, working towards his M.S. in Geology. His specialty is in the study of Surface Processes.
Melissa V. Connely, receiving the first year of a 1998-99 grant, is enrolled at Utah State University, Logan, and working on her M.S. in Vertebrate Paleontology. She received her B.S. in Geology at the University of Wyoming at Casper College. Her objective is to become an instructor in the field of Earth Science.
Vickie Rae Clouse, receiving the first year of a 1998-99 grant, received her B.S. in General Science at Montana State University-Northern, Havre, where she is working on her M.S. in Biological Sciences, with emphasis on Paleobiology. Her thesis topic concerns Stratigraphy, Paleogeography, and Paleoenvironment of Three Stratigraphically Distinct Dinosaur Nest horizons.
Rocky Mountain Federation:
Seth H. Mueller received his B.A. in Geology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he continues his studies for his M.S. in "'Geochemistry. His research studies include the geochemical research into Arsenic contamination in well water in Fairbanks, Alaska, and examining granitic intrusions in the Tombstone Range, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Daniel P. Miqqins, a native of Kingston, New York, received his B.S. in Geology at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro. He continues work for his M.S. in Geology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, having received the second year of a 1997-98 grant last year. His thesis title is "Temporal, Geochemical, and Isotopic Framework of Volcanic and Subvolcanic Rocks Within the Cretacepus Pierre Shale in South-Central Colorado."
Justin Foslien continues work for his M.S. in Environmental Geology at Kansas State University, Manhattan.
Katherine A. Kelley transferred from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, to Boston University, Massachusetts, where she continues work on her Ph.D. in Geology.
South Central Federation:
Richard A. Ashmore received his B.S. in both Geology and Earth Science at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. Currently enrolled at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, he is working on his M.S. in Geosciences. His research work has focused mainly on paleontology, while also investigating problems in structural geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and others.
Matthew C. Miller received his B.S. in Geology at Juniata College, Huntington, Pennsylvania. Also a student at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, he is working on his M.S. in Geology. His research interests concentrate on the areas of Petroleum Geology and Sedimentology, in the areas relevant to exploration geology and the interpretation of seismic surveys.
Dennis P. Dunn is receiving the second year of the 1998-99 grant to Cori A. Lambert. He received his M.S. in Geology at Arizona State University and is a candidate for his Ph.D. in Mineralogy at the University of Texas at Austin. His research project concerns the study of the Arkansas diamond pipes and minerals within them.
Christopher R. McFarlane, receiving the second year of the grant to Justin A. Zumbro, is working on his Ph.D. in Mineralogy, also at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his M.Sc. at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. His research involves metamorphic minerals heated by intrusions in Labrador.
AFMS Scholarship Chairman
The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies has earned new percentages for there contributions to the AFMS Scholarship Foundation.
We have received 1,000 % - 1,100% - 1,200% Plates to put on our AFMS Plaque showing the CFMS support for the AFMS Scholarship program.
The support for graduate students working for higher degrees is essential to the future
study and research of the earth sciences.