We are here in Minneapolis at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, with 7,000 others, as one of the largest and most important scientific gatherings in the geosciences for the year.
Last night at the Presidential Awards ceremony, AZGS geologist Joe Cook was recognized as the winner of the John C. Frye Award for outstanding environmental geology publication. The award will be official given Tuesday morning to Joe, accepting on behalf of himself and co-authors.
AZGS scientists are authors on nine technical presentations being given this week. My talk on the State Geothermal Data network was the first one up, on Sunday morning.
We also rolled out publicly the first demonstration of the user interface for the geothermal data system at the State Geologist's booth in the exhibit hall. We'll be doing live demos and getting feedback through Wednesday.
We spent Saturday stranded at the Phoenix airport after our US Air flight from Tucson was delayed, causing us to miss our connection. It was 10 hours before they could find seats for us on another flight to Minneapolis. We finally got to the hotel at 1 am Sunday and had to scramble early Sunday morning to get the exhibit up and running before the hall officially opened. But everything is working well and the demos are attracting a lot of attention and discussion.
I'll try to provide updates over the next few days on what Arizona geologists are presenting here but there is so much going on and we have so many commitments, it's going to be a challenge to stay current.