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Girl Scouts Honor DD LaPointe

The Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada honored DD LaPointe with one of the five “TRIUMPHANT–Celebrating Women in Leadership” awards. “Each of our honorees represents one of Girl Scout’s five focus areas: Environmental Leadership, Healthy Living, S.T.E.M., Community Service, and Financial Literacy.”

Girl Scouts 2016 Triumphant Honoree
Women Changing Nevada: S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)dd

Shown above: page 8 from the “Triumphant” program, November 17, 2016

Cami Prenn nominated DD for this honor “in recognition of D.D. LaPointe’s dedication to the students and teachers of Nevada in motivating and educating them in the earth sciences and the study of geology.”

“DD is the Outreach Coordinator for Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and has been the key source of information about earth sciences for countless teachers and students in Nevada for over 30 years. In addition, she serves with the Nevada Mining Association’s Education Committee and organizes and teaches two workshops every year for Nevada’s teachers to give information, materials, and ideas for integrating earth science activities into classrooms.

Besides that, she is head of the Education Committee for the Geological Society of Nevada’s Foundation where she organizes and administers the K-12 Field Trip Grant program that awards funds for transportation for classes to visit points of geologic interest. DD is a perennial volunteer for GSN Foundation’s student programs, scholarships for UNR and UNLV students, field camp grants for geology students’ field camp course and works hard to raise funds for those programs.

In addition, she regularly assists with tours of the W.M. Keck Mineral Museum at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering and keeps a supply of mineral specimens to give students at career fairs or science fairs to pique their interest and give them a souvenir to take home.” (excerpt taken from nomination by Cami Prenn)

Congratulations to DD!

Girl Scouts and STEM

Imagine STEM


UNR College of Science Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday October 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Derrick Pitts
Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute & NASA Solar System Ambassador

“Established in 2010, the Discover Science lecture series brings renowned scientists from all over the country to the University of Nevada, Reno campus to present their knowledge to the community in a series of engaging lectures at the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. Click here for a campus map.

Each Discover Science lecture begins at 7 pm in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center’s Redfield Auditorium (RM 110) and seating for all Discover Science lectures is available on a first come, first serve basis – all lectures are free of charge. Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking garage located on N. Virginia Street.

“Science encompasses a wonderfully diverse collection of explorations into the unknown,” Jeff Thompson, Dean of the College of Science, said. “Join us and experience the extent of the science universe as the best scientists on the planet visit Nevada for our Discover Science Lecture Series.”

More details about Derrick Pitts: https://www.fi.edu/scientists/derrick-pitts-hond

Rock Garden – New Addition


Jon Price has added some interesting rocks to the rock garden: samples from the Majuba Hill area (see field trip info from previous post). Come check it out!

Rock Garden at GBSSRL


Kids of all ages: come by and pick something pretty from our new rock garden!
Geologists: please feel free to take something or leave something. Thanks!


We thank Jon Price, Craig dePolo, and David Davis for planting the seeds—and we will all watch the garden grow.