SME Foundation Award: MEC Partnership Award to Daphne D. LaPointe


The MEC [Minerals Education Coalition] Partnership Appreciation Award is presented to Daphne D. LaPointe “in recognition of dedication to the students and teachers of Nevada in motivation and education in the earth sciences and the study of geology. Daphne (D.D.) LaPointe received her bachelors degree from Smith College and a masters degree from the University of Montana, both in geology. She first worked in minerals exploration for Exxon Minerals in Idaho and Montana. She has lived in Reno, NV since 1979, where she worked in geology for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) for 32 years. She was always involved in coordinating education and outreach activities in minerals and mining with local schools, teachers, students and the public. After retirement in 2013, she continued to volunteer in geological education and scholarship activities associated with the Geological Society of Nevada, the Nevada Mining Association and WAAIME. Specific projects she initiated include a field trip grant program funded by the Geological Society of Nevada Foundation to help Nevada K-12 teachers take students on earth-science and mining-related field trips and a field camp grant program to help University of Nevada Reno geology students with costs of required summer field camp. She also helped initiate a series of annual public Earth Science Week field trips at NBMG.” (excerpt from Mining Engineering magazine, January 2016, page 57)

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