PSU’s Dr. Katherine Donahue Discusses The Social Ecology of Tanzanite February 18

February 13th, 2009 by Adam

Tanzanite is a gemstone which was discovered in the 1960s south of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. More rare than diamonds because their source area is limited to the Mererani hills east of Arusha, the gemstones reach global markets through Maasai middlemen, foreign buyers, processors, cutters, polishers and dealers in Tanzania, India, Hong Kong and the United States.

This presentation explores policy issues raised by global non-governmental organizations, but also by the Tanzanian state as it tries to regulate questionable mining practices, health and safety workers and the miners and mining companies at Mererani. The presentation takes place Feb. 18, 3:45 p.m., in Room 001 of the Boyd Science Center on Highland Str. in Plymouth.For more information, contact Angela Uhlman or call 535-3179.

The Boyd Science Colloquium Lecture Series is a weekly opportunity for PSU faculty, staff, students and the general public to come together as a community to discuss issues of significance to science and society.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes