Friday, April 21, 2017

'Be it Proclaimed' - Salute to Dr. Mary Poulton (Univ AZ)

Sen. McCain aide (l) reading letter thanking Mary Poulton (r).

At today's Arizona Mining Alliance luncheon, Dr. Mary Poulton, Professor, University of Arizona, was honored for her long service to America's mining industry and to her students and colleagues at the University of Arizona.

Mary's impact was felt far and wide as evinced by the letters acknowledging Mary's contribution to Arizona, from:

  •  Sen. John McCain (read by Sen. McCain aide)
  •  Sen. Jeff Flake (read by Sen. Flake aide)
  •  Arizona House & Senate (read by Rep. Vince Leach of District 11)
  •  Gov. Doug Ducey (read by Bill Assenmacher

From the University of Arizona's Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources website, 'Dr. Mary Poulton is a University of Arizona Distinguished Professor, Head of the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, and Director of the new interdisciplinary Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona. She is the first woman to head an engineering department at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in geological engineering from the UA in 1990'. Some of this is outdated, Dr. Poulton stepped down from her role at the Lowell Mineral Institute, but her accomplishments are legion and would require more time and space than available here.

Mary is retiring from academia and moving to Washington state. Her energy, drive and ideas will be sorely missed in southern Arizona.

Mary, best wishes for a bright and productive future from your colleagues at AZGS. 
Posted 4/21/2017

Managing the Colorado River | 27 April

Interested in the fate of the Colorado River in a period of overallocation, drought and climate change?

Come join the discussion next Thursday, 27 April at 4:00 p.m. on the campus of the Univ. of Arizona: Environment and Natural Resources 2, Room S107,  Tucson , AZ.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Arizona House Rules Committee Passes SB1415

Today, the Arizona House Rules Committee passed SB1415. SB1415 transfers the Polly Rosenbaum Building and the former mineral and mining artifact collections to the Univ. of Arizona.   

I gather this was a pro forma meeting before the Rules Committee as it ended less than 10 minutes after it began.

Next, the bill returns to caucus for a 3rd reading.

Among other things, SB 1415, reads, ‘In coordination with the mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum advisory council established by section 27-111, the University of Arizona shall operate and maintain a mining, mineral and natural resources educational museum as the state depository for collecting, cataloging and displaying mining, mineral and natural resources artifacts and specimens.’

Our thanks to Senator Gail Griffin, her staff and colleagues for introducing and shepherding SB1415 to this point. We are almost there. 

Bill SB 1415 is online at