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President’s letter, by Doug Peters (Extracts from)

2018 Rex Monahan Memorial Scholarship Winners

...The Section recently has awarded two $1,000 scholarships as part of our Rex Monahan Scholarship program. The two awardees, both student mem- bers of AIPG, are Erinn Johnson of Colorado State University (CSU) for the Graduate category and Jeneane Barber of Metropolitan State University for the Undergraduate category. Both submit- ted excellent essays as part of the schol- arship application process.

Editor of Colorado Professional Geologist:

David Abbott announced in this issue that he wishes to retire, and is looking for volunteers to replace him.

Section Field Trip: “Roadside Faults, Folds, Fossils, Crystals and Diamond Pipes: Sampling the Geologic Diversity of Northern Colorado”

The trip was led by Barbara EchoHawk and Uwe Kackstaetter Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Met- ropolitan State University of Denver. The trip field guide was published as Chapter 11 in Volume 44 of the GSA Field Guides.

2018 Colorado Science & Engineering Fair Report by Tom Van Arsdale

Erinn Johnson Colorado State University Graduate category scholarship winner

On April 5th four judges (Stephanie Ashley, Jeneane Barber, Ron Pritchett, and Tom Van Arsdale), representing the Colorado Section-AIPG, attended the finals of the 2018 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, held on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. This was the fourth year the Section has been involved with the Fair and the judges were excited to see what the students had accomplished. Suffice it to say, the judges were quite impressed with a number of projects.

Gitanjali Rao, First Place Junior Division

The 1st Place Award recipient within the Junior Division was Gitanjali Rao, a seventh grader from STEM School Highlands Ranch, for her project entitled, “Detection of Chemical Contaminants in Water Using Carbon Nanotube Sensors.” The four judges had no difficulty in choosing Ms. Rao because her work and presentation were astonishing. In fact, she has a patent pending for her development of a custom “app,” wherein a Bluetooth attachment sends the resul- tant data immediately to mobile phones. Please keep in mind, Gitanjali is in seventh grade!

The Junior Division runner-up was Boulder eighth grader, Haiyan Wang, of Summit Charter Middle School, for his project entitled, “Plant Growth in Varied Soil Type and Air Pressure.” The impetus for Haiyan’s work was to study plant growth under conditions similar to Mars so as to provide food for people colonizing the planet. I am getting up in age, and consider the colonization of Mars a “long shot.” For today’s kids, it is expected!

Jeneane Barbour Metropolitan State University Undergraduate category scholarship winner

In addition, two National-level AIPG scholarships were awarded to Colorado student members this year: Skyler Mavor of CSU received an AIPG Foundation scholarship as a graduate student and Ashley How of Adams State University received a scholarship as an undergraduate student. Both of their essays are printed in this issue of TPG.

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On April 5th the judges reviewed each of the eight (finalists) and met with the individual student(s) to discuss his/her/ their project in detail. If a project was judged to warrant particular attention, the student was awarded a Colorado Section-AIPG, “Certificate of Excellence in the Geosciences.” A cash award was also sent to each Division winner ($100) and runner-up ($50).

Isaac Jordan, First Place Senior Division

2018 Colorado Section Science Fair judges: Ron Pritchett, Jeneane Barber, Stephanie Ashley, and Tom Van Arsdale

The 1st Place Award recipient within the Senior Division was senior, Isaac Jordan, of Southwest Colorado School, located in Durango, for his project entitled, “A Novel Approach for Sensing Seismic Events: Applications of Graphene Nano Flake Powder Composites Part II.” Isaac won our Section’s runner-up award last year, but he has refined and created, using a self-designed 3D mold device, sensors which are more sensitive and more repeatable. His work started with the idea of sensing seismic events, but his

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