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Museum of Geosciences Fall 2018 Programs and Events

Upcoming Programs: the fall schedule includes youth programs, graduate student communicating science seminars, public lectures, alumni events, student exhibits, and Earth Science Week events.

Connecting to Collections Care Webinar group viewing in Museum.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018. 2:00-3:30 pm.
There is also an Arctos webinar on georeferencing at 3:00.

 

Museum of Geosciences Fall 2018 Programs and Events (past)

Research a la Mode* (RALM): science communication seminar--with ice cream! Journey to the Center of an Active Volcano: Why is Deep Sea Drilling Science Important?  Kannikha Kolandaivelu. VT Geosciences. Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5-6 pm, in the Museum, 2062 Derring. RALM is by grad students, for grad students, also appropriate for K-12 teachers and Master Naturalists. Free. (26 VT)

 

Fossil Unwrapping Party

Wednesday, September 26, 2018. 6:30-8:00. Starts at NCB 360, then Derring 2062.

A fall tradition with our paleontologists Dr. Nesbitt and Dr. Stocker--hear about their summer field season then help unpack some of the fossils the team collected. This is an unusual opportunity to participate in an active scientific research project. They found bones from reptiles 215 million years old from Arizona!

We will start with a brief presentation at 6:30 in Room 360, New Classroom Building (NCB, 1455 Perry St). Then at about 7:15 we will go to the building next door to unwrap the fossils in the Museum, 2062 Derring (926 West Campus Dr).

This free museum program is open to the public, and is appropriate for VT students, K-12 teachers, community members, and families bringing kids over age 7.

Please pre-register by emailing mogs@vt.edu with how many adults and kids, and your name and email in case we need to contact you about program changes. We can also let you know about future programs! (90 at lecture; prereg xx adults and xx kids)

 

Research a la Mode* (RALM): science communication seminar--with ice cream!

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. 5:00-6:00 pm in the Museum, 2062 Derring. Wildlife. Get blurb.

 

GeoFair and Mineral Sale

Saturday, October 13, 2018. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. 2062 Derring Hall.

Join us for this popular event: hands-on family-friendly activities, learning stations about geosciences, and beautiful minerals for sale priced for teachers and students (cash or check best). Open to the public and Family Day visitors. Free admission and parking.

 

Research a la Mode* (RALM): science communication seminar--with ice cream!

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Museum, 2062 Derring.

Gluing your broken heart back together: How a new peptide recharges the heart’s batteries after a heart attack. Mitchell Allen, VT HNFE.

Your body is powered by millions of tiny batteries. These batteries, called mitochondria, give us the energy we need to get out of bed, walk to class, or go on an afternoon run. Unfortunately, during heart disease our mitochondria become ill, fall apart, and are unable to make the energy we need to function. Come hear PhD candidate Mitchell Allen talk about his research on developing a  medicine to treat sick mitochondria and restore energy production after a heart attack. (7 adults)

Plate Tectonics in Action:  Breaking up the African Continent!  
Dr. D. Sarah Stamps, VT Geosciences.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, in Derring Hall.

Reception 6:00-7:00 in room 2062. Lecture 7:00-8:00 in room 4069.

The African continent is slowly breaking up on its eastern side along the East African Rift System. In millions of years we expect to have a new ocean forming, which is already partly underway in Ethiopia. This talk will address the topics of why and how Africa is breaking up and how geoscientists use technology to study the process.

In advance of the lecture, join us for a reception in the Museum where you can meet the scientists and see some of their geodetic instruments.

Appropriate for VT students, K-12 teachers, Master Naturalists, and community members interested in Earth Sciences.

 

“Dream Big” Day with MCPS 7th grade and The Graduate School at Virginia Tech.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018. (10:00), 11:00, 1:00. in the Museum

Grad students in our Hydrology program and 7th graders from Montgomery County Public Schools explore how hydrology fits into geosciences. This program is to help introduce careers and fields of study before the students choose high school courses. Stacey Law, Grady Konzen, Rick Jayne, Josh Benton.

 

VT Science Festival at the Moss Arts Center in downtown Blacksburg.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00-4:00pm. Free.

Plenty of Geoscience: the Museum, the Geology Club, the MEDL, and the Geodesy Lab will have exhibits as part of this big event. Come see us!

 

Natural History Collections Club

Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 6:30-7:30.

Workshop on casting techniques with paleontology PhD student Devin Hoffman. (16 VT)

Connecting to Collections Care Webinar group viewing in Museum.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018. 2:00-3:30 pm.

There is also an Arctos webinar on georeferencing at 3:00.