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Museum of Geosciences Spring 2018 Programs and Events
These are held in the Museum, 2062 Derring, unless otherwise noted. Questions contact mogs@vt.edu.

Code in the Museum: most Thursdays 4-6 pm. Do you ever wish you had a buddy who could teach you to code better? Have you ever wondered if there is a Python library that can automate the task you have been doing manually for the last hour? Would you like some tea and cookies? If so, then we have great news for you! This email is to invite you to participate in a weekly event during which you and your peers will be able to share knowledge about coding. (Coffee, tea, & cookies provided; bring your own cup and computer). Coordinator Lowell Moore moorelr@vt.edu.

Kindergarten to College (K2C) brings hundreds of 5th grade students and teachers from across Virginia to campus for learning experiences. Geoscience students in the Museum of Geosciences lead hands-on sessions for small groups. Coordinator Dr. Sue Magliaro sumags@vt.edu.
Friday, March 16th, 10:30 - 12 pm Cleaning Land and Water with Erin Kelly and Sheyla Palomino Ore
Friday, March 23, 10:30 - 12 pm Cleaning Land and Water with Erin Kelly and Sheyla Palomino Ore
Monday, March 26, 10:30 -12 pm Sarah Windes
Friday, April 6th, 10:30 - 12 pm Lisa Whalen
Monday, April 9th, 10:30 - 12 pm Sarah Windes
Friday, April 13th, 10:30 - 12 pm Lisa Whalen

Research a la Mode (RALM) science communication seminars provide a monthly venue for graduate students from different departments to practice presenting their research to peers unfamiliar with their discipline, with ice cream! The main idea is to simplify and clarify their message and cut down on reliance on jargon. RALM aims to help graduate students become better teachers, researchers, and communicators. Seminars from 5:00-6:00 on Feb 7, Mar 14, Mar 28, topics shown in date order below. Free. Coordinator Lisa Whalen lashley@vt.edu.

Women in (Geo)Sciences (WinGS) hosts monthly potluck lunch conversations featuring mentoring and career path explorations. Free, open to all.
•Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 from 11:00 -12:30 pm - Dr. Brenda Winkel, Department Head, VT Biological Sciences(4 VT) and Women in STEM Webinar from 6:00-7:00 (6 VT)
•Friday, March 30, 2018 from 8:30 - 9:30 am - Dr. Caroline Strömberg
•Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 12:00 -1:00 pm, Dr. Cayelan Carey, VT
Coordinator Dr. Michelle Stocker stockerm@vt.edu.

Buchanan County Young Women in Search of STEM Careers
Thursday, January 25th, 2:30-3:30 pm
This program brings 150 High School students to campus from far Southwest Virginia. Smaller groups visit the Museum for hands-on activities and geoscience career information with Lisa Whalen. Coordinated by the VT SW Center Director, Penny McCallum pmccal5@vt.edu (44 HS, 4 teachers)

Getting Ready for the Geoscience Profession of the Mid 21st Century – Yes, We Are Almost There!
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at 9:00 in 4069 Derring Hall.
Dr. Chris Keane
, Communications Director at the AGI, will present a special lecture for students and faculty.  He is an expert on geoscience curricula, workforce needs, and the occasional challenges of matching the two. Free.

Research a la Mode presents: Lauren Kennedy (VT Carilion) - Feeling too stressed? Take a deep breath.
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Museum
Remember the last time you had to present your research, give a talk, or do public speaking of any kind? You might be stressed out just thinking about it! Lauren will talk about her research focusing on some of the changes taking place when we're in a state of stress, and some of the ways we can address and control these changes to create better outcomes. (10 VT)

Natural History in the Age of Humans
Friday, February 16, 2018 from 4:00-5:00pm at The Lyric Theater
Dr. Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, will present the Global Change Center's Distinguished Lecture on Friday afternoon, Feb 16 at 4:00 at the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg. This event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing.

Virginia Geology Elementary Teacher Workshop
Monday, February 26, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 pm
Museum staff Dr. Kristie Caddick, Thomas Hale, Devin Hoffman, Krista Koeller, Llyn Sharp, and Lisa Whalen will present activities and information for the pre-service teachers in EDCI 5204 to help them share Virginia's geology with their students! (22 VT)

Research a la Mode Presents: Jordan Laney (ASPECT) - Bluegrass Festivals Through a Theoretical Lens
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Museum
What can we learn at bluegrass festivals? What methods do we use to study these kinds of communities? How did bluegrass music festivals begin? Who is the intended audience? In her talk, PhD student, Jordan Laney will examine the role of gender within the bluegrass community, as well as the relationship between capitalism and bluegrass, with the intention of broadening these discussions beyond the festival grounds. (14 VT)

New River Valley Master Naturalists
Monday, March 19, 2018. 7:00-9:00 pm in rooms 4069, 2062, 2060, and 3017.
A special training night for the Chapter with the Museum of Geosciences, Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory, and Massey Herbarium.

Museum Public Lecture and Reception: "From Buckingham to Blacksburg , Geology and Engineering Challenges along the Crooked Road"
Thursday, March 29, 2018. Reception 6:00-7:00 pm at the Museum, Lecture 7:00-8:00 in Derring 4069.
Bill Henika, Regional Geologist, has been mapping geology in the Appalachian Ranges of Western Virginia for many years. He is our "go to" person for local geologic information.  Geology here is complex and can cause surprising surface effects. Recent landslides have brought public attention to the influence of underlying structures.
Please join us for light snacks and social time in the Museum from 6:00-7:00pm prior to the lecture which will be upstairs in room 4069 at 7:00.
Appropriate for adults, Master Naturalists, VT students, and K-12 teachers interested in learning more about our local geology. Free.

Research a la Mode Presents: Kannikha Kolavandeilu (GEOS) - Wildfires! Cities! Satellites! More Wildfires!
Wednesday, March, 28, 2018 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Museum

Museum Open House for Alumni
Friday, April 13, 2018 from 1:00-5:00pm.
Please come by the Museum for a visit prior to the annual alumni and student dinner.

Giles County Schools STEMposium
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Giles High School, Pearisburg VA
Earthquake activity station lead by Jessica DePaolis (Geos grad student). This evening brings in 250 kids and their families to explore STEM fields.