Monday, January 28, 2008

UA minerals study one of only three funded nationally

The USGS Mineral Resources External Research Program (MRERP) announced that only the top 3 projects will be funded in FY2008, with one of those being from the University of Arizona.

Professors Mark Barton, Lukas Z├╝rcher, and Eric Seedorff will carry out the project, "Comparative Study of Jurassic To Early Tertiary Igneous-Related Metallogeny in the Basin and Range Province."

The Mineral Resource Program’s total FY 2008 funding is $800,000 below FY 2007 and $1.9 million below FY 2006. As a result, the USGS originally proposed to eliminate the external grants funding completely, but has relented and is funding the MRERP at $250,000. [top: Mark Barton; bottom: Eric Seedorff]

The announcement is posted at http://minerals.usgs.gov/mrerp/2008.html.

In 2006, 15 projects were funded but in 2007, the program would only to commit to continuing funding for 3 of the 2006 projects, including one for Eric Seedorff at UA, "Dismembered Laramide porphyry deposits in southern Arizona: Links to Catalina core complex." No new projects were funded in 2007.

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