Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MSA/GS Short Course: Environmental Geochemistry, Mineralogy, and Microbiology of Arsenic.

Organized by Robert J. Bowell, Charles N. Alpers, Heather E. Jamieson, Darrell Kirk Nordstrom, and Juraj Majzlan. 15-16 June 2014 (following Goldschmidt2014 Sacramento in June 2014) at the Miners Foundry, Nevada City, CA, USA.

The short course is being run in conjunction with Goldschmidt2014, an international conference on expected to draw about 3000 delegates to the Sacramento Convention Center  during June 8-13, 2014. The short course is sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geochemical Society, and will be the basis for volume 79 in their highly successful and authoritative series "Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry."

There will also be a full day of oral presentations on arsenic geochemistry (22 talks in all), to be held Friday June 13
in Sacramento at the Goldschmidt 2014 conference. There will also be 24 posters on arsenic on Thursday afternoon, June 12.
A one-day conference registration will allow those who are interested to attend both the posters on June 12 and the oral sessions
on June 13. In addition, the plenary address at the conference on June 12 by Andrea Foster and Chris Kim will discuss
"The Environmental Legacy of the Gold Rush" including information on arsenic and mercury contamination and speciation in mine wastes.

Several of the oral and poster presentations will address the issues of arsenic bioavailability and bioaccessibility in mine wastes and soils.   Oral presentation on other contaminant metals related to mining (such as uranium and rare earth elements) are scheduled on Thursday June 12. Attending oral sessions on both June 12 and 13 will require registration for the entire conference.

I am also organizing a one-day field trip to Empire Mine State Historic Park plus the Northstar Mining Museum on Saturday, June 14. During that field trip, we will present and discuss preliminary results of the arsenic bioavailability / bioaccessibility study that the U.S. Geological Survey has been doing along with California DTSC and various universities.

Registration for the arsenic short course, field trip, and oral/poster sessions are independent -- one can participate in any or all.  Description of the Course and registration information is at <>.  However to register for the short course or field trip without registering for the conference, one must contact <> for assistance.

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