George here. I am just writing fill everyone in on some of the new developments from our upcoming expedition. First, plane tickets have been purchased. I am beyond excited (27 days, 17 hours and 38 minutes, but who's counting?)! I will not be able to share anything while in the great North, but once back there will be plenty to share. Be on the lookout for more updates, talks to hear, and papers to read!
While eagerly awaiting my departure date, we have not been sitting idly. Since the closure of the crowdfunding campaign I have received two more substantial grants! First, the Columbus Rock and Mineral Society generously presented me with a scholarship and second, the Geologic Society of America funded a grant that I proposed. I would like to thank the members of the Columbus Rock and Mineral Society Scholarship Committee (Craig Kramer, Dan Hall, Dale Gnivodec, Ellie Smith, and Janet Warton) for identifying me for their scholarship, along with the Geologic Society of America for funding my proposal. I would also like to thank Dr. Barker for his tireless work in helping to shape my Geologic Society of America grant proposal. Finally I would like to thank all of you that are reading this email right now. I have been humbled by the outpouring of support since the beginning of this project and I cannot wait to share my findings!