|Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) is pleased to announce Dr. Barbara Lee Dutrow as winner of the 2021 Carnegie Mineralogical Award. The award honors outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation, and education.|
Dutrow’s career spans more than four decades, and at the heart of it lies a passion for teaching mineralogy. In the mid-1990s she re-imagined how mineralogy could be taught by placing the mineral sciences in the context of Earth and planetary processes to re-invigorate the field and inspire university-level students to study mineralogy. She continues to develop integrative lab exercises and lecture materials and makes most of them freely available to the global mineralogical community through the On the Cutting Edge teaching resource collection. Dr. Dutrow is Professor of Geology at Louisiana State University.
Dutrow is also an advocate for diversity and women in mineralogy. She never had a female science teacher after eighth grade and encourages women to enter the field. She finds serving as a mentor rewarding, and over 80% of her mentees have been female or from underrepresented groups.
“Dr. Barbara Dutrow is well deserving of the 2021 Carnegie Mineralogical Award,” said Travis Olds, Assistant Curator of Minerals, Section of Minerals and Earth Sciences at CMNH. “She has made countless educational contributions to the Mineral-Science community and has provided more than 30 years of service to professional organizations that promote and educate people about the mineralogical sciences. Barb has also been a long-standing mentor to many women scientists and those from underrepresented groups studying mineralogy. Not only has she had a wonderfully accomplished educational career, but she has also done impactful and insightful scientific work on minerals and their role in Earth processes.”
“I am remarkably fortunate because my passion for minerals and mineral sciences evolved into a rewarding career of education and research,” said Dutrow. “Much of my professional and personal life is intertwined with minerals and their incredible importance in the world.”
Gretchen Baker, Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, presented the award to Dr. Dutrow on February 12, 2022 at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History established the Carnegie Mineralogical Award, funded by the Hillman Foundation, in 1987.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Carnegie Mineralogical Award, and the deadline is November 15, 2022. Eligible candidates include educators, private mineral enthusiasts and collectors, curators, museums, mineral clubs and societies, mineral symposiums, universities, and publications. For information, contact Travis Olds, Assistant Curator, Section of Minerals & Earth Sciences, at 412-622-6568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past recipients include:
2020 John C. Medici, PhD.
2019 John F. Rakovan, PhD.
2018 Dudley P. Blauwet
2017 W. Lesley Presmyk
2016 Anthony R. Kampf, PhD.
2015 George Harlow, PhD.
2014 Bryon N. Brookmyer
2013 Gloria A. Staebler
2012 George W. Robinson, PhD.
2011 Jeffrey E. Post, PhD.
2010 The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium
2009 Peter K.M. Megaw, PhD.
2008 Frank C. Hawthorne, PhD.
2007 Jeffrey A. Scovil
2006 Richard C. Whiteman
2005 June Culp Zeitner
2004 Joel A. Bartsch, PhD.
2003 Eugene S. Meieran, Sc.D.
2002 Terry C. Wallace, Jr., PhD.
2001 Wendell E. Wilson, PhD.
2000 F. John Barlow, Sc.D. (honorary)
1999 Sterling Hill Mining Museum
1998 Robert W. Jones
1997 Bryan K. Lees
1996 Cornelis (Kase) Klein, PhD.
1995 Marie E. Huizing
1994 The Mineralogical Record
1993 Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr., PhD.
1992 Carl A. Francis, PhD.
1991 Miguel A. Romero Sanchez, PhD.
1990 Paul E. Desautels
1989 Frederick H. Pough, PhD.
1988 John Sinkankas, DHL. (honorary)
1987 The Tucson Gem & Mineral Society
February 15, 2022
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