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STEM Briefing – Gabriela Sosa

An Emerging and Diverse Workforce to Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands: Increasing Hispanic Participation in the environmental Sciences and Geosciences

April 26, 2016
Cannon House Office Building – Room 121
9:30 am – 10:45 am
Moderated by CHCI-API Energy Graduate Fellow Gabriela Sosa
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The United States has a vast legacy of economic prosperity and innovative technological development stemming from its historic mining activities. Minerals recovered from our federal and public lands have been used to improve many facets of American life. These minerals are vital ingredients in a wide range of everyday products that provide us with economic and national security. Unfortunately, another legacy associated with historical mining lies in its significant degradation of the environment. More than a century of mining has created thousands of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) sites with hundreds of millions of tons of solid wastes.

This briefing will discuss initiatives and programs that can be used to prepare the next generation of environmental scientists and geoscientists, while increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in earth science, particularly women and minorities. It will focus on providing access to these professions to Hispanics in the U.S. Southwest where there is a critical need to restore AML sites through reclamation.

Leigh Freeman - Principal, Leigh Freeman Consultancy
Christopher Keane, Ph.D. - American Geosciences Institute
Raina M. Maier, Ph.D. - Professor and Director, University of Arizona Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining
Manuel Piña, Jr., Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

The 2016 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.