September 2015

Tuesday 15– MINERAL MEETING Annual Show & Tell/Swap & Sale! 7:00 – 9:00 pm, in the Downstairs Meeting Room of the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618.  Members can show and tell what they collected or purchased over the summer, and sell or swap items they would like to get rid of.  Also for sale will be numerous specimens donated to the club at very reasonable prices, plus some giveaways. Come early to set up your items. Refreshments.  Club members only for the sale.  For more info, please contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp(at)rasny.org or 585-288-5683.

Wed 16 RAS BOARD MEETING – 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

October 2015

Saturday 10– HERBARIUM WORKSHOP, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Life Sciences section will hold a workshop at the RAS Herbarium, located in the basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). We will continue work on replacing torn and damaged genus folders, as well as repairing specimens as needed. No experience needed! The Museum café is open until 2 pm, if you wish to buy lunch. If you plan to attend, please send an RSVP to Elizabeth Pixley. Then, at RMSC, go to the front desk and ask staff person to call ext. 368, phone in the Herbarium. For more information, contact Elizabeth Pixley, herbarium curator (334-0977 or epixley@rochester.rr.com).

Saturday 17 ANTHROPOLOGY, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Rochester Museum and Science Center. We will have a display of our Mayan posters/language decoding and Sustainability projects. These will be part of the National Archeology Day Celebrations held around the country and will include displays put on by the AIA Rochester Section. Contact Karen Wolf if you would like to help. Admission to the Museum will be free to helpers. This would also be a good time to check out the Herbarium collection that is stored at RSMC. For more information call Karen Wolf at 670-9709.

Tuesday Oct. 20-- Mineral Section Meeting, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave. Downstairs Meeting Room. David K. Joyce will talk about the Mineral Occurrences in the Paleozoic Rocks of South-Western Ontario.
Join us and learn about the geology and mineralogy of the sedimentary rocks of Canada that have produced beautifully crystallized mineral specimens.

Wed 21 RAS BOARD MEETING – 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

Saturday 24 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP, 10:00 a.m. Thousand Acre Swamp, driveway of Penfield Ambulance Corps. Wear long pants for poison ivy protection. Fall foliage including should be in full fall color. The leaders will be Frank Crombe, members of BANC, and Ken Wolf. For more information, call either Karen Wolf 670-9709 or Larry Hirsch 429-6199.


ONGOING EVENT
The Astronomy Section will operate the telescope, or one on the sidewalk, at Strasenburgh Planetarium on mostly clear Saturday nights. Contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876.

November 2015

Tuesday November 3 - Fossil Meeting 7:30–9:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Downstairs Meeting Room.   The meeting will feature a talk by section member Dan Krisher entitled  A Cladistics Overview and What Constitutes a Valid Species.

Friday November 6- Astronomy Meeting 7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m at RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300.  ASRAS General Members Meeting.
For more information, contact Joel Schmid at (585) 533-2097.

Saturday,November 7 - 42nd Annual Fall Scientific Paper Session of the Rochester Academy of Science will be hosted by Finger Lakes Community College on from 8:30 AM to 2 PM.

Friday, November 13 ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY 8:00–9:30 p.m. Northampton Park, Hubbell Road. For more information, contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876.

Tuesday November 17 - Mineral Meeting 7:00–9:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Downstairs Meeting Room.  Dr. Fredrick Haynes will speak on the topic A Paradigm Shift during Reservoir Development of the Hibernia Oil Field, offshore Newfoundland.


Wed 18 RAS BOARD MEETING –
7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.


ONGOING EVENT Astronomy Seection of the RAS (ASRAS)will operate the telescope, or one on the sidewalk, at Strasenburgh Planetarium on mostly clear Saturday nights. Contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876. Note: We have a new Celestron 11 inch SCT permanently mounted on the deck outside the Cave observatory. Come and check it out!

December 2015
Tuesday December 1 FOSSIL SECTION Meeting 7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall.  Downstairs meeting room.  It's Fossil Show and Tell time!  Bring in your finds, favorite species, and any specimens that need identifying.  Pizza will be served.  For more information contact Dan Krisher at (585) 293-9033.


Friday December 11
ASTRONOMY SECTION  7:00 p.m. at the Strasenburg Planetarium,  657 East Ave, Rochester. Do not go to RIT. Annual holiday party, planetarium show and Outstanding Astronomer award.  Please bring a dish to pass.

No Mineral Section Meeting or Party this December

Wednesday December 16 LIFE SCIENCES HERBARIUM WORKSHOP   1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Life Sciences section will hold a workshop at the RAS Herbarium, located in the basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC).  We will continue work on replacing torn and damaged genus folders, as well as repairing specimens as needed. It is a great way to see interesting plants from the Rochester region and around the world!  No experience needed! If you plan to attend, please send an RSVP to Elizabeth Pixley.  Then, at RMSC, go to the front desk and ask staff person to call ext. 368, phone in the Herbarium.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Pixley, herbarium curator (334-0977 or eypixley@gmail.com).

January 2016

No Fossil Section meeting in January.

Tuesday, January 19 - Mineral Meeting 7:009:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave in the downstairs meeting room.  We will have a guest speaker, Dr. Rory Cottrell, is a researcher at the University of Rochester.  She will tell us about An Archeomagnetic Record from Southern Africa and its Bearing on the South Atlantic Anomaly.  A dramatic decrease in the Earth’s magnetic field in the past ~160 years may be linked to a low intensity geomagnetic anomaly in the south Atlantic region. Studies of magnetic minerals found in burnt grains, floor and ceramic materials from Iron Age sites in South Africa help researchers understand the phenomenon.  Visitors welcome.

February 2016

Tuesday February 2, FOSSIL MEETING 7:30 PM - Downstairs Meeting Room in the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave. Speaker Michael Grenier on "Dinosaur Research in 2015: Eggs, Feathers, Amazing Finds, & more." Visitors welcome.
Fossil Section Member and paleontologist Michael Grenier will present a family-friendly slide-show talk on "Dinosaur Research in 2015: Eggs, Feathers, Amazing Finds, & more." He spent four days at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference in Dallas in October, where he attended over eighty presentations on cutting-edge and largely not-yet-published advances in bird, pterosaur, and dinosaur research. He will present an interesting selection of these, including the development of flight in Mesozoic birds and that of swimming in penguins, newly- found species of dinosaurs and birds, climate and ecology evidence, Tyrannosaur evolution, swimming Spinosaurs, the color of dinosaur eggs, and much more. Public welcome, but contact Dan Krisher at dlkfossil@gmail.com for free tickets, as seating is limited.

Friday 5 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING - 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Professor Brian Koberlein (RIT) will speak about Observatories of Chile. For more information, contact Joel Schmid at (585) 533-2097.

Tuesday, February 16 - Mineral Section Meeting 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Downstairs Meeting Room. Brighton Town Hall. 2300 Elmwood Ave.
Paul Cassarino, FGA co-owner and lead gemologist at The Gem Lab will discuss lead-glass filled rubies and laboratory-grown diamonds.  Lead glass filling can make otherwise unusable corundum rough attractive and salable. However, the durability of the treatment leaves a lot to be desired.  Laboratory-grown diamonds have been used for industrial purposes for decades, but their yellow color created little demand in the jewelry market.  In recent years, colorless and near colorless laboratory-grown diamonds are meeting the demand of "millennials" looking not so much for a lower price, but for a diamond whose source is known with absolute certainty and whose production has a much smaller effect on the world's environment.  Visitors are welcome.

Wednesday 17- LIFE SCIENCES HERBARIUM WORKSHOP - 1:00- 4:00 p.m.: Life Sciences section will hold a workshop at the RAS Herbarium , located in the basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). We will be working with interesting plants from the Rochester region and around the world! No experience is needed! Since our Herbarium curator, Elizabeth Pixley, will be out of town this month. Please contact Larry Hirsch at 429-6199 or lph710@yahoo.com, if you are planning to come. At RMSC go to the front desk and ask a staff person to call ext. 368, phone in the Herbarium.

March 2016

Tuesday March 10, FOSSIL MEETING 7:30 PM Brighton Town Hall Auditorium 2300 Elmwood Ave. Science Olympiad Coaching. Visitors welcome

April 2015

Tuesday April 5, FOSSIL MEETING 7:30 PM Brighton Town Hall Auditorium 2300 Elmwood Ave. Speaker James T. Boyle Ph.D. Candidate at SUNY Buffalo on "Devonian Fishes of Ohio."

No Mineral Section Meeting in April in lieu of the Symposium

Thursday–Sunday 23–26 42nd Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport at 175 Jefferson Road Rochester, NY 14623.  Thursday evening program is free to all RAS members.

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