BROTHER GUY CONSOLMAGNO
The Cascadia Meteorite Lab Fund Raiser 2012
"Every year for the past six years, CML has had a get together and fund raiser. The purpose of this event is two-fold: to give donors a chance to see how we utilize their money and to further raise funds for our operations. CML is part of the Portland State geology department, but we are financially independent of the school. We are given space and office equipment, but any funds for thin section production and analytic work (SEM,EMP, etc..) comes out of CML's own funds. We do have an endowment of sorts, but we're only able to access the interest generated. It's enough for a project or two, but not much else. For all other work we have to raise money or apply for grants.
The fund raiser serves as a meet and greet where space science and meteorite enthusiasts can talk with one another and tour our lab. There's a potluck for food and we also have a silent auction on meteorites. Or if you prefer to not bid on a space rock, you can buy one outright from a couple of the dealers that normally come to the fundraiser. All purchases, regardless if it's from the silent auction or bought from a dealer, benefit the lab either directly or indirectly.
This year is going to be a little different. Brother Guy Consolmagno, also known as the Vatican Astronomer, will be speaking about the Vatican's meteorite collection. Some might scratch their heads at the idea of someone being a scientist and working for the Catholic church, but Brother Guy is legitimate."
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