(36th Annual Symposium)
October 15-17, 2010
This year's annual symposium is scheduled for October 15-17 and once again will
be held at the Red Lion Motel at Kelso, WA.
This year's Symposium theme has been selected as "Minerals of Australia".
We have confirmed renowned and excellent speakers:
- Penny Williamson has over 30 years experience as
a geological curator in Australian universities. She is
passionate about educating, particularly in promoting the
quality and diversity of Australian minerals, and is
dedicated to preserving Australia’s mineral heritage. She
has authored articles and given national and international
talks about these favourite passions.
Penny’s first major quality themed mineral display, at the
University of Tasmania in 1992, was in honor of her
colleague, mineralogist Ramsay Ford, who died
suddenly. In 2000 she had the opportunity to design &
execute the display of the Howard Worner Collection at
the University of Wollongong. Howard Worner, editor
of "Minerals of Broken Hill", had the pleasure of seeing his
collection permanently displayed for the benefit
of all. Since 2002 Penny has been invited to exhibit
Australian minerals at Tucson and Denver Mineral
Shows. She coordinated Tucson’s "Minerals Down
Under" in 2007 and Munich’s "Australia" in 2008.
- John Sobolewski is Polish by birth and Australian
by nationality. He has been living in the USA for the past
40 years as a professor and administrator at several
research universities in the USA. He holds a Masters
Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in
Computer Science. He started mineral collecting in
Australia at the age of 12 and now that he is retired, he is
working on getting rid of unwanted specimens and
cataloging his collection. He believes that the hobby has
allowed him to keep his sanity while working at academic
- Harvey Jong was born and raised in Denver,
Colorado and moved to Arizona in 1983. He received a
Bachelor of Science degree from M.I.T. and a Master of
Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara;
both degrees are in electrical engineering. After working
in the microprocessor industry for over 17 years, he
decided to pursue his passions for photography and
minerals. He started a digital media studio, Digital
Panoramas, that specializes in virtual reality, and he
collects carbonate minerals with a special focus on
rhodochrosite. He is the Secretary for the Arizona
Mineral and Mining Museum Foundation.
- Additional speakers to be confirmed.
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