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A New Face at The Rocks Gallery
Adam Blankenbicker joined The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as a geoeducator in March, and is the current liaison between NSSGA and its members and The Rocks Gallery. Blankenbicker brings diverse experiences and expertise in both geology and informal education. As a member of the Peace Corps in Guatemala, he specialized in environmental education and natural disaster mitigation. In addition, he conducted field research in geology, in particular related to volcanism and volcanic hazards, and communicated his results by outreach to local schools and teachers. A self-described “volcanologist-turned-educator,” Blankenbicker’s most recent position before joining the Smithsonian team was program fellow at the Museum of Science, Boston. He brings his knowledge of geology and the stories of rocks along with expertise in developing and delivering live presentations, citizen science and community conversations to the Smithsonian and to The Rocks Gallery. Blankenbicker will develop school and family learning programs in The Rocks Gallery. Eventually, his qualifications and experiences will help to develop new programs centered around rocks, and integrate these with other collection resources in the upcoming 10,000-squarefoot Education Center at the museum. The center will offer museum visitors the opportunity to talk directly with
Blankenbicker visits his ﬁrst quarry at Vulcan Materials’ Manassas location. Plant Manager Chris Carroll (center) explains the aggregates mining process to both Blankenbicker and NSSGA’s new SharePoint Director Makkah Muhammad, whose visit was her ﬁrst time, too.
Smithsonian scientists and their research partners and get a firsthand taste of what it’s like to be a museum scientist in the subjects of rocks and related topics.
Janice Springs Retires
After 25 years at NSSGA, Executive Assistant Janice Springs (R) will retire in early July. Seen here with Janice is (L to R) NSSGA’s Associate Vice President of Administration & Finance Tina Richards, Executive Vice President Gus Edwards and President and CEO Joy Pinniger. Janice began her career in 1987 as secretary to the Government Affairs Division for Bob Hollenbach; she was promoted to executive secretary in 1988, reporting to Robert G. Bartlett, president of the National Stone Association. Throughout her 25-year career, Janice worked for the association’s presidents and respective Board of Directors and supported the efforts of the executive office. She survived taking countless board minutes, planning meetings and coordinating travel arrangements. Throughout her many roles and responsibilities, Janice remained a professional colleague, dear friend and guiding mentor. And don’t expect Janice to retire quietly. She married Greg Hamilton on May 5, and we expect the next chapter in her life to be amazing.
TCC Fly-in Draws Hundreds of Transportation Advocates
NSSGA’s SVP Pam Whitted (L) and President & CEO Joy Pinniger (R) welcome Mica to the Fly-in. Hundreds of members from the transportation construction industry descended on Washington, D.C., May 30-31, to advocate for congressional action to complete work on a surface transportation reauthorization bill. The annual TCC Fly-In kicked off with a legislative briefing on May 30 where attendees were addressed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee ranking member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), political analyst Charlie Cook, as well as congressional transportation committee staff members and other association leaders from TCC members.
Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company Meets with House Speaker
Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company President Scott McGeorge and Phyllis Harden attended a fundraiser for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who spoke about his support of the highway bill and the Keystone Pipeline. Seen here are (L to R) Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Boehner, Phyllis Harden and Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.).
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