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STUDENT CHAPTER NEWS Robert Lessard Memorial Student Chapter: Success for the Future


The Robert Lessard Memorial Chapter of the AIPG is the newest component of the New Mexico section. Located on cam- pus at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, it is the brainchild of junior undergraduate and chapter president Nicolas “Nico” Harrison.


Since its inception last fall, the club has seen its membership grow to 36 students in just two semesters. With a stated goal of getting students familiarized with what it takes to succeed and thrive in the Earth Science industry, and activities such as field trips, professional networking, mentorship and coaching, and resume workshops, this swelling in student membership is welcome, but hardly surprising.


At the core of all these activities, spinning many plates and wearing many hats, is Nico. His inspiration, boundless energy, and motivation drive the new chapter to ever greater heights. This enthusiasm and public service has recently been acknowledged by the school’s faculty in the form of a Student Appreciation Award, a well-earned accolade. Further acknowledgment of these many successes came quite recently during AIPG’s recent New Mexico Section meeting, hosted on campus by the Robert Lessard Memorial student chapter. AIPG national president Doug Bartlett attended the meeting and accompanied the section’s field trip to study a local car- bonatite outcrop. President Bartlett commended the chapter on their activities, and also thanked Nico for his massive and successful efforts.


From Left to Right is Chapter President Nico Harrison, Chapter Vice President Keith Diegel, AIPG President Doug Bartlett, Faculty Sponsor Dr. Virginia “Ginger” McLemore, Chapter Secretary Marcus Silva, and Geology PhD student Camilo Uribe.


Nico’s hard work and service to the AIPG will continue, and his leadership will undoubtedly see the chapter to further growth, renown, and excellence. It is our privilege to acknowl- edge his efforts. Thank you, Nico, from a very grateful chapter.


By Keith Diegel Vice President, Robert Lessard Memorial Chapter, AIPG Ohio State University Student Chapter: Learning and Having Fun


Officers, 2017-2018 President - Becky Anderson


Vice President - Lucas Jasnowski-Pascual Treasurer - Prescott Vayda


ADVISOR - Frank Schwarz, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, School of Earth Sciences


The Ohio State University chapter of AIPG took 8 students to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. We got up bright and early on a Saturday to have a fun and educational day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The museum was very impressive! It holds over 5 million research specimens and has excellent exhibits. Once we arrived at the museum we had our private tour with Dr. Hannibal, the curator of invertebrate paleontology. Dr. Hannibal is an authority on myriapods (a new genus of fossil millipedes, Hannibaliulus wilsonae is named after him!) and he also specializes in cultural geology. Dr. Hannibal’s knowl- edge about the fossil specimens was incredibly impressive and inspiring. We were very lucky to have such a dedicated and passionate tour guide.


First, Dr. Hannibal quickly walked through each exhibit with us and gave us a brief overview about the content in each. He pointed out interesting facts and visuals which we would later go back to and spend more time exploring. After our walk-through, we got to go into the back rooms where the scientists work. We saw the rooms where the exhibits are


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Ohio State student chapter members at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History


planned as well as the labs where fossil samples are prepared and cleaned. Dr. Hannibal showed us some fossils that scien- tists had been trying to free from matrix for years! We had the opportunity to see a massive Dunkleosteus terrelli fossil up close! Dr. Hannibal also took us into his office and showed us some of his favorite fossils, including a wonderfully preserved Charophytes. Dr. Hannibal’s enthusiasm made the tour a lot of fun. I think it’s safe to say we all learned so much. We are


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