MFSW Education Outreach Coordinator
MFSW funds an Education Outreach Coordinator position managed through the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona. Pamela A.K. Wilkinson has served as the coordinator since March 30, 2009. The position was previously managed through the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources and the Arizona Geological Survey. She currently reports directly to Dr. Mary P. Poulton, Director of the Institute.
Pam received her B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary where she also became a certified Earth Science teacher, and her M.S. in Geology from Eastern Kentucky University. After completing her education, Pam worked as an exploration geologist for Duval Corporation and U.S. Borax and Chemical Corporation. Pam has also worked as a volunteer and scientist-in-residence for grades K-6. She taught, developed lesson plans, and led field trips on a variety of geology and mining related subjects.
As Outreach Coordinator, Pam now visits schools and civic organizations throughout Arizona to ensure that the public understands the importance of mining to our economy, our lifestyle and our quality of life. Pam presents her program to over 10,000 students and adults during every school year.
In addition, a scale-model diorama of a modern open-pit copper mine, funded by the Foundation, is now on exhibit at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park in Tempe.
New Education Outreach Coordinator
Since July 2018, Molly Radwany has served as one of the Educational Outreach Coordinators with the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona where she creates educational materials, demonstrations and activities to help stimulate interest in and understanding of mineral resources and the mining industry. She holds an MS in Earth Science from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Geology and Geography from George Washington University. She has been an earth science educator since 2011, first as a teaching assistant and most recently as a lecturer at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her background is in metamorphic petrology and tectonics and she has undertaken research projects in Virginia, Wisconsin and Turkey. She has also worked in environmental consulting and at the American Geosciences Institute.
Much of her time has been spent developing the digital aspect of the engagement program. Molly believes that a stronger web presence will make it easier to develop and maintain connections with students, teachers and organizations and to reach more people overall. The goal is to increase the visibility of mining, and social media is incredibly important in giving us the ability to reach thousands of people on a daily basis.
With Pam Wilkinson retiring in the Spring of 2019 Molly will become the sole Outreach Coordinator.