Recently discovered mineral named for LSU professor


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana State University geology professor now has a scientific namesake — a newly discovered variety of tourmaline.

Barbara Dutrow says she’s surprised and thrilled by the honor.

She has studied the tourmaline gemstone family for years.

Her scientific articles include “Tourmaline: A geologic DVD” and “The tourmaline diaries: An eye-catching mineral and it many facets.”

A news release from LSU says Italian researchers named “dutrowite” for her because of her contributions to mineral sciences — especially how tourmalines incorporate their own geological  history.

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