Event Schedule and Program Report

So far during the 2016-17 academic year, the Museum has hosted many community members, pK-12 school groups, scouts, families, and Virginia Tech faculty and students.

There were 3850 visitors through the door (this number has been adjusted to remove staff and event in-out traffic).  The GeoFair and Mineral sale had over 500 attendees.

Academic use: xx students from xx course sections, representing xx different courses, from x Colleges.

Programmatic use (education and public outreach): xx people total. xx adults, xx pK-12 youth, xx educators, xx VT students/faculty/staff,  xx loans of teaching kits or materials.Education and Public Outreach served over xxx K-12 youth and xx teachers.  Also during the 2016-17 academic year, the Museum's Programs and Education Resource Center (ERC) served over xx people, including xx K-12 students and xxteachers. There were xx loans of kits and materials. The ERC has 25+ teaching kits on various geoscience topics available for loan to local educators.

The VT MoGs is a favorite study and review space for students in Geoscience labs, providing access to course-specific materials as well as a wide range of high quality minerals, rocks, and fossils on exhibit to help students develop identification skills and an appreciation for these remarkable natural forms.  Other exhibits clarify complex geoscience topics and highlight Departmental research programs.  

Most programs are free and open to the public, with the suggested audience noted. VT Parking passes are needed only during 8-5, M-F, available free at the VT Visitor Center. Parking lots and garage nearby.
Handicap spaces are located immediately next to the building on both N and S sides.
No parking pass needed after 5 or weekends.
For more info see other parts of this website, call 540-231-6894, or email vt-mogs@vt.edu.

Upcoming Activities Winter-Spring 2016-17

Women in (Geo)Sciences WinGs Meetings Jan 25 (4), Feb 8 (10), Mar 1, April 5.

Virginia Geology for Elementary Teachers.  Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, from 4-7pm.  Preservice teacher workshop with EDCI 5204. Hands-on resources and Virginia-specific information related to the Virginia Standards of Learning.  Presenters are Llyn Sharp, Emma Tulsky, and Lisa Whalen. (33)

Geoscience Student Research Symposium GSRS Feb. 23-24, 2017 at ICTAS.  Banquet in the Museum.

Museum Volunteer Training/Refresher for Tour Leaders.  March 1, 2017. Wednesday. 2:30-3:30. preregister with llyn@vt.edu.

Crab and Lobster Exoskeletons: What functions do minerals fulfill in animals?  Sebastian Mergelsberg, Geosciences
Research a la Mode Public Seminar
March 13, 2017, Monday, from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Museum, 2062 Derring (12 VT)
Research A La Mode continues with presentations by grad students for grad students (and others!) to practice communicating their science with the public. Also appropriate for K-12 teachers. Free, enjoy social time over ice cream  


Relevance of Museums in the 21st Century

 Dr. Joe Keiper, Director, Virginia Museum of Natural History
Museum Public Lecture 
March 23 ,2017, Thursday 7:00-8:30.
  Public lecture in 4069 Derring Hall starts at 7. Also join us afterwards for a reception in the Museum of Geosciences, 2062 Derring, for a chance to speak with Dr. Keiper and some of the curators of Virginia Tech's collections.

Joe Keiper, Director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, will discuss museums' changing roles over time. In the past, museums were sacred places to gather and to conduct studies of the natural world. Museums, as collections-based institutions, still act as a unique resource for scientific inquiry often storing specimens and artifacts collected in past centuries. Modern methods allow specimens collected over time to yield new information. However, today's museums play new roles in communities as economic and tourism engines, and as a public connection to science.
Dr. Keiper has been Director of VMNH since 2010, and prior to that, he was curator of invertebrates and Director of Science at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He received his PhD from Kent State University studying tiny insects, and held a postdoctoral position at the University of California-Riverside from 1998-2000. Keiper serves on the governing councils for the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society, the Virginia Association of Museums, and the Association of Science Museum Directors. Hist Virginia Tech connection is that he serves on the Advisory Board for Reynolds Homestead in Patrick County. He has a 10 year old son, AJ, two cats, and a snake. 

Kindergarten to College: a program bringing 5th grade students to campus for a day of STEM learning and inspiration.  The Museum of Geosciences offers programs lead by student volunteers over a 6 week period.  March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 10.

Stormwater Education Field Day. April 12, 2017, Wednesday, 9-2pm.  Christiansburg Middle School at the IWLA Outdoor Classroom.  Hands-on activities about watersheds and water quality.  Presenters Emma Tulsky, Rae Kuprenas.

Colors from the Past Vertebrate Paleo Title TBA. Caitlin Colleary, Geosciences
Research a la Mode Public Seminar
April 10 2017, Monday, from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Museum, 2062 Derring
Research A La Mode continues with presentations by grad students for grad students (and others!) to practice communicating their science with the public. Also appropriate for K-12 teachers. Free, enjoy social time over ice cream.

Geosciences Alumni Exhibit Open House for Alumni weekend.  April 28, 2017,  details tba.

International Potluck May 4, 2017, Reading Day, 12:00.

Summer 2017
The Museum of Geosciences may have restricted hours during summer 2017.

Past Activities Fall 2016

Virginia Tech Science Festival. Sept. 27, 2016, Saturday.  Several VT Geoscience groups had exhibits at Moss Art Center.

Earth Science Week: Our Shared Geoheritage. October 9-15, 2016
Oct. 9, Sunday- EarthCache Day. 
Oct. 10, Monday - Earth Science Literacy Day: follow @hokiesaurus on Twitter.
Oct. 11, Tuesday - No Child Left Inside Day. Go outside and find a rock!
Oct. 12, Wednesday - National Fossil Day: come visit the Hokiesaurus and follow @VTmeetsPaleo.
Oct. 13, Thursday - Geosciences for Everyone Day. Bring a friend.
Oct. 14, Friday - Geologic Map Day: see the second floor hallway display showing the geology of some of the famous hiking spots and landmarks around
Oct. 15, Saturday - GeoFair and Mineral Sale. Fundraiser for Museum of Geosciences Education and Public Outreach Programming. 
Join us during Earth Science Week for the GeoFair and Mineral Sale on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 from 10-4pm at the Museum of Geosciences, 2062 Derring Hall, 1405 Perry St. on the VT Campus. Family-friendly activity stations presented by geoscience students and faculty, as well as affordable teaching samples and collector-quality items for sale.a mineral sale by alumni dealers who donate their proceeds to support Education and Public Outreach. VT alums Don Dalton, Frank Smith, and the Geology Club host this mineral sale to benefit the Museum. There will be specimens appropriate for gifts, teachers, kids, and serious collectors. Bring in your "unknowns" to the Mineral Identification station.

This is the same day as the Hokie BugFest: bring the family over to campus for a day of science fun!

Virginia Volcanoes. Sarah Mazza, Geosciences
Geosciences Research a la Mode
October 19, 2016, Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Museum, 2062 Derring
Research A La Mode continues with presentations by grad students for grad students (and others!) to practice communicating their science with the public. Also appropriate for K-12 teachers. Free, enjoy social time over ice cream.

The Great ShakeOut! Oct. 20 at 10:20. Earthquake Safety Drill.  Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

Geology of the Mt. Everest Massif: a Tour of the World's Highest Rocks. 
Dr. Rick Law, VT Geosciences.

Museum Public Lecture
Nov. 3, 2016, Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Museum, 2062 Derring. 
Join us for this free lecture in 4069 Derring, followed by a hands-on, meet the scientists session in the Museum where we will see maps, rocks, and thin sections from Everest!
Dr. Law is a structural geologist who has worked in present day and ancient mountain belts around the world, ranging from Alaska to Argentina and from Europe to SE Asia. One of the most spectacular places he studies is Mt. Everest in the Himalayan mountain belt between Tibet and Nepal. The summit of Mt. Everest is the highest elevation above sea level on Earth, at 8848 m, almost 5.5 miles. The Himalaya formed when the Indian plate collided with the Asian plate about 50 million years ago, pushing up above sea level sedimentary rocks originally deposited in the ancient Tethys sea between India and Asia. The collision between the Indian and Asian plates is still ongoing, as most recently highlighted by the April 2015 earthquakes in Nepal that killed nearly 9000 people. Dr. Law's studies have taken him in the footsteps of some of the great 20th century explorers, including Lawrence Wager and Sir Edmund Hillary. Wager's rock samples collected from the NE Ridge of Mt Everest in 1933 are curated at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in England, while Hillary's samples collected from the summit of Everest during the first successful ascent in 1953 are kept in the Harker Collection at Cambridge University. Law's collections from Mount Everest reside at VT! (36, 1 kid)

Fear Love, Greed, and Bubbles: a brief introduction to volcanoes and volatile information in the geologic record.
Presenter Lowell Moore, VT Geosciences.
Research A La Mode  Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 in the Museum, 2062 Derring.

Volcanoes are a physical expression of one of the most important, oldest, and most exciting geologic processes: degassing. Volcanic degassing gives us the air we breathe, the materials we extract from the ground, and hazards that threaten our existence. Thus how gas is transferred from the deep earth to the atmosphere, what it does on the way there, and how this information is encoded in the geologic record are mysteries worth solving. Free, and ice cream! (8 VT)