Thursday, July 10, 2008

Next Meeting - July 31st

Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 31st and the usual location – Pizzeria Uno’s in downtown Tempe with socializing at 6 pm and dinner at 6:30. Our speaker for the meeting is Mimi Diaz with the Arizona Geological Survey, who will be speaking about a general geohazards update for Arizona. This will hit such hot topics as the SR 87 landslide (which we hope to have dedicated presentation on later this fall), earth fissures, and flooding. Our sponsor for this meeting is Enviro Drill.

Upcoming planned presentations include ASU’s Dr. Ed Kavazanjian speaking about his current work in China and someone from DMJM speaking about their emergency response and remediation work for the SR 87 landslide.

Here is Mimi’s bio:

Mimi Diaz
Arizona Geological Survey

Mimi has been serving as the Phoenix Branch Chief of the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) since the inception of the Phoenix Branch in March 2007. In addition to mapping earth fissures, landslides, and other geologic hazards, she provides fissure education sessions to state and local jurisdictions and trade associations, and is a member of the Earth Fissure Advisory Group and the Arizona Land Subsidence Group. Mimi also serves as the liaison for the Survey, fostering and building relationships across the state. Prior to working for the Survey, she worked for the Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) in the Mitigation Office. Mimi continues to work closely with ADEM and the Arizona Department of Real Estate, bringing the geological expertise of AZGS into the mitigation planning, hazard analysis, and real estate disclosure processes. She has been involved in various aspects of the natural hazards realm (public safety, emergency management, geology) for the last fifteen years, including specific projects dealing with sinkholes, wildfires, flooding, landslides, earthquakes, and earth fissures. Mimi earned her MS in Geology from Arizona State University, and her BS in Geology from Central Missouri State University.

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