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 And, lastly, please visit FM’s website www.friendsofmineralogy.org. Chuck Miller has beengreat in designing and implementing this work.Websites are always in development, so let usknow what you like and what you would like to seeon this site.Stay well and best wishes to all of you,Susan ErikssonPresident
For Immediate Release: October 11, 2001Contact:
Regina Aumente, 303-978-9926, Rau-mente@aol.com
Members of the mineral, fossil, and lapidarycommunity in Denver, Colorado were significantlyimpacted by the tragedy of September 11, 2001.The annual Denver Gem and Mineral Show wasscheduled to begin on September 14
. Vendors,exhibitors, and visitors from all over the world werein Denver or en route when, suddenly, the worldwas no longer quite the same. Many exhibitors andvisitors could not get to Denver due to airport shut-downs. As the nation’s attention was riveted on theevents in New York and Washington, a gem andmineral show no longer seemed quite relevant.Cancellation of the show was considered and re- jected. Too many people had put in hundreds ofhours of work, traveled thousands of miles, andspent large sums of money to make the show hap-pen.In view of the tragedy, the organization didnot feel it was right to just go on as if nothing had
Dear Friends,The events of September 11, 2001dominate our thoughts and will continue tohave a profound effect on our lives. Peopleinterested in specimen mineralogy liveacross the globe. Many or all of us havefriends and colleagues in far-flung parts ofthis global network. Our friends and col-leagues closer to home have been affectedin many ways. I, for one, will look at ourcommon interest in mineralogy as a unifyingfactor in this time of anxiety and uncertainty.The Tucson ‘experience’ is loomingon the horizon. Although many people areanxious about traveling and other aspects ofour lives, there WILL be minerals in Tucson.The program for the annual symposium islisted in this newsletter. This program re-flects the global nature of today’s societywith scientists from North America whotravel the world and partner with those onother continents and mineralogists fromother parts of the globe who will be travelingto Tucson to share their work with us. Welook forward to a very successful annualsymposium in 2002 and meeting with our in-ternational colleagues.We have one more newsletter thisyear that will have a slate of officers andboard members for 2002. If you are inter-ested in serving FM in some capacity,please let me know (serikssn@vt.edu or540-951-8030). Several of our presentboard members and officers have changed jobs and have other personal commitmentsfor next year. We need a larger involvementof members to make an active volunteer or-ganization.
President’s Message
31, I
, 2001
Friends of Mineralogy
A Quarterly Newsletter
31, I
In early September, Congress wasbogged down in partisan bickering on all fronts.The appropriations process was even further be-hind than usual, and efforts to produce compre-hensive energy legislation had slowed in theSenate as gasoline prices fell. Congressionalleaders had abandoned hopes of an early insession until Christmas. The biggest political im-perative was to avoid dipping into the Social Se-curity surplus. It all seems like a long time ago.Having met the immediate needs of thecrisis -- granting war powers, providing $40 bil-lion in emergency funds, and giving recognitionto victims and heroic rescue workers -- Congressat month's end was beginning the process of re-focusing on prior concerns but in an entirely newcontext. As Congress takes up old business, many ofthe old divisions are gradually replacing the extraordi-nary unity that followed September 11th. But the ran-cor is largely gone, holding out hope that reasonablecompromises can be found in order to keep thingsmoving ahead. Typical was the call by Sen. JohnMcCain (R-AZ), reported in Greenwire, to set aside old"habits of partisanship and parochialism" and unify be-hind the president.Although national defense, economic stimulus,and airport security measures are clearly at centerstage, the president has announced that education re-mains a top priority for his administration and that hewants an education bill on his desk in October. TheWhite House is wrangling with congressional appro-priators over final spending numbers for fiscal year(FY) 2002, which began October 1st. The governmentis currently running under a two-week continuing reso-lution at FY 2001 levels. Energy policy is making acomeback based on national security concerns ratherthan consumer demands. More on each of these top-ics follows.
Appropriations End Game
After delays related to the tragic events of Sep-tember 11th and an ever-changing list of priorities,Congress appears poised to steam forward with theappropriation bills. None of the 13 bills were ready forthe president's signature on October 1st, the start ofFY 2002. Despite missing the deadline and running ona continuing resolution, Congress is determined tokeep all the bills separate, instead of the omnibuspackage that has become the norm in recent years.The House and Senate have appointed conferees forseven bills that have passed both chambers. Theyalso have agreed on spending levels for the bills andhave tentative agreement with the White House Officeof Management and Budget (OMB) as well. But themajor sticking point right now between Congress andOMB is whether or not OMB will put the final numbersin writing -- House Democrats are particularly con-cerned about being labeled budget-busters in the elec-tions next year. As soon as the final numbers are re-leased, both the House and the Senate are ready tomove several of the bills swiftly, including three keygeoscience-related bills -- Interior, Energy & Water,and Commerce. More information on appropriations isavailable at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis107/ appropsfy2002.html.happened. The members of the Denver ShowCommittee, with the consent of their parent or-ganization, the Greater Denver Area Gem andMineral Council, decided to donate all proceedsfrom admission receipts to a charity to help thevictims of September 11
. Martin Zinn, organ-izer of the Colorado Fossil Expo, also agreed todonate his share of the admission receipts, andDanny Duke, of the International Gem and Jew-elry Show, provided an additional $1,000 for thefund. As a result of this agreement, $25,637.15from admissions and individual contributions wasdonated to the Liberty Fund of the Red Cross onOctober 11, 2001.The Greater Denver Area Gem and Min-eral Council is a non-profit organization of tenmineral, fossil, gem, lapidary, and bead hobbyclubs in the Denver area. The organizationshave a combined total of 1400 members. Themembers of the Council sponsor and producethe annual Denver Gem and Mineral Show. Pro-ceeds of the show are normally used for dona-tions to education and research in the earth sci-ences and lapidary arts.
Education Bill Containing Santorum Amend-ment Still Pending
After President Bush signaled that over-hauling federal educational programs remaineda top priority of the administration, a House-Senate conference has returned to work ham-mering out a final compromise bill. Meetingshave taken place behind closed doors with atight lock on information. Science educationgroups are largely being forced to watch fromthe sidelines as deals are made over the sizeand scope of new federal math and sciencepartnership programs. Efforts are still ongoing toremove a Senate-passed resolution that singlesout biological evolution as a controversial theory.In late August, the leaders of 80 scientific andeducational organizations sent a joint letter toCongress opposing the Sense of the Senateresolution introduced by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). Since that time, a number of additional or-ganizations have signed on to the letter, includ-ing several AGI member societies and the fed-eration of biomedical societies that have pow-ered growth of the National Institutes of Health.The letter and current list of 95 signatories canbe viewed at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/ legis107/evolutionletter.html. In the past month,groups opposed to the teaching of evolutionhave stepped up efforts to use the Santorumresolution to lobby school boards to teach Intelli-gent Design theory and other forms of creation-ism. More at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis.html#evolution.
House Science Committee Looks at NSF Re-search Priorities
The House Science Subcommittee onResearch held a hearing on September 6th re-garding the National Science Foundation's(NSF) management and planning for large re-search projects, including NSF's Major Re-search Equipment (MRE) account and researchfacilities. NSF Director Rita Colwell, NationalScience Board Vice Chair Anita Jones, and NSFInspector General Christine Boesz testified onhow the agency prioritizes and manages theselarge projects. Jones explained that under thecurrent system the science board reviews andprioritizes proposed major projects. NSF then worksto stay within funding parameters provided by the Of-fice of Management and Budget. Committee mem-bers questioned the witnesses on what other stepsthe agency takes to help insure that priority projectsare maintained in the budget and what can beendone to improve this process. The first earth scienceMRE project, EarthScope, was included in the FY2001 NSF request after receiving National ScienceBoard approval. Congress did not fund it, however,and there were no new starts in the FY 2002 budgetrequest. Hopes are high that EarthScope will be in-cluded in NSF's FY 2003 request. More informationon the hearing is available on the subcommittee'swebsite at http://www.house.gov/science/research/ reshearings.htm.
Chapter News
Midwest Chapter
Mark Sherwood2001 Seminar:
The planned date for the 2001 Friends of Min-eralogy Seminar will be the weekend of November 2-3-4, 2001. The planned theme is “Mineralogy of Ar-kansas Intrusives” with particular emphasis on themineralogy of Magnet Cove. Like the 2000 seminar amix of lectures and field work is planned. Tentativefield trip sites include several sites in Magnet Cove,Wilson Hot Springs (Potash Sulfur Springs), Highway51 (Midstates) Quarry, Diamond Jo Quarry andnepheline syenite quarries in Little Rock. At this time,we expect to send out formal announcements andregistration forms in August. Activities are plannedbeginning Friday morning, November 2 and endingabout noon, Sunday November 4.
Midwest Chapter
Dwaine Edington, PresidentThe next meeting of the Midwest Chapter willbe held on November 3rd, 2001 in Cleveland, Ohio.The meeting will be held in connection with The Mi-cromineral Symposium, Cleveland Museum of Natu-ral History. Contact Bill Cook, 216-381-9003.

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