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 Meeting Cancelled due to snow emergency and closure of the Brighton Town Hall

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

Friday March 4 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. RIT Professor Michael Richmond will speak about the weather on the dwarf planet Pluto. For more information, contact Joel Schmid at (585) 732-5321.

Tuesday March 8, FOSSIL MEETING 7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall. Downstairs meeting room. The meeting will feature a large display of fossils from New York State as well specimens from throughout the world. This meeting will be used as a training session for the upcoming Middle School Science Olympiad. If you are interested in familiarizing yourself with the common fossil found in New York, you are urged to attend. For more information, contact Dan Krisher at 293-9033.

Saturday March 12 LIFE SCIENCES 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. It is a great way to see interesting plants from the Rochester region and around the world! 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).

Tuesesday March 15 MINERAL SECTION MEETING 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, downstairs community meeting room. Our guest speaker, Van King, is presenting Franklin-Ogdensburg Minerals, a Tale of Micromounts, Fluorescents, Gems, Giant Crystals, and Species. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Stephen Buschaert at mineralvp@rasny.org or 732-5321.

Wednesdat March 30 ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION 3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Wells-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, U of R. The Anthropology Section has the opportunity to attend a symposium put on by the University of Rochester Archaeology Department. Analysis and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Monuments: Challenges and Approaches Across Disciplines. Contact Karen Wolf for more details and parking information. 670-9709.

Thursday March 31 ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION 7:30 p.m. Location may be at the MAG or First Unitarian Church. We will join the AIA for a lecture by Dr. Paolo Vitti about the Mausoleum of Hadrian in Rome. Contact Karen Wolf for more details and venue information. 670-9709.

April 2016

Friday April 1 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. UR Professor Alice Quillen will speak about Making Cracks in Moons. For more information, contact Joel Schmid at (585) 732-5321.

Tuesday, April 5 FOSSIL SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall. Downstairs meeting room. The April Meeting of the Fossil Section will be on 5/4 and the speaker will be James T. Boyle, who is a Ph.D. Candidate in paleontology at SUNY Buffalo. He will be speaking generally on the Devonian Fishes of Ohio, but more particularly on the placoderm Titanichthys. Titanichthys is closely related to the well known Dunkleosteus, but had been poorly known due to the very scrappy fossils. For more information, contact Dan Krisher at 293-9033.

Thursday, April 7 ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION 7:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial Art Gallery auditorium or ballroom. We will join the AIA (Archeological Institute of America-Rochester Section) for their lecture by Dr. Lorenzo Nigro (Sapienza - Università di Roma). Topic of lecture will be: Building up the Round Tower: Near Eastern Archaeology between peace and war, what it means that the Past belongs to each of us as Human Beings, and the case of Jericho.  For more information, contact Karen Wolf at 670-9707.

Friday, April 8 RAS Spring Lecture – 7:30 p.m. "A Tour of the Galactic Neighborhood" with Eric Mamajek, PhD
. in the Gosnell (#8) Building, Room A-300 at Rochester Institute of Technology

Wednesday, April 13 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 epixley@rochester.rr.com).

Thursday–Sunday 14–17 43nd Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport at 175 Jefferson Road Rochester, NY 14623.  Thursday, April 14 evening program is free to all RAS members. Brad Wilson will speak about "Collecting Opportunities on Baffin Island."  All Academy members welcome. Check in at registration to verify you are on the RAS membership list to receive a badge.  This badge allows you entry to the Exhibit Room, Lecture, and Dealer Floor.  See exquisite museum quality minerals!  It's like going to the Smithsonian! You'll be glad you came!

No Mineral Section Meeting in April in lieu of the Mineralogical Symposium.


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.

May 2016

Friday, May 6 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Brad Timerson will speak about seismology and Peter Bonneau will speak about photography. For more information, contact Joel Schmid at (585) 732-5321.

Friday May 6 FOSSIL SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m. Brighton Recreation Center off Winton Road north of 590 interchange. Our speaker will be Dr. Gordon Baird of SUNY Fredonia and he will be talking about his ongoing stratigraphic work in northeastern Ohio. The field trip schedule through the middle of July is in place and will be published in the May issue of the Fossil Newsletter. For more information, contact Dan Krisher at 293-9033.

Saturday, May 7- Mineral Field Trip Penfield Quarry Open House -- 6:45am - noon -- Dolomite Products quarry, 746 Whalen Rd., Penfield, NY. All ages welcome - open to the public! Hard hats (children may wear bicycle helmets), safety glasses, sturdy footware, & long pants required.  Hope to find fluorite, calcite, gypsum--massive & selenite, sphalerite, dolomite, gypsum, galena & fossils.

Tuesday, May 17 - Mineral Meeting 7:009:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave in the downstairs meeting room.  Paul Cassarino, FGA, co-owner and lead gemologist at The Gem Lab will discuss lead-glass filled rubies and laboratory-grown diamonds. Visitors are welcome. Door prizes and refreshments. For more information contact Stephen Busschaert at 585-732- 5321 or mineralvp@rasny.org.

Friday, May 20 LIFE SCIENCES 6:00 p.m. BANC Sanctuary. We will join BANC for a potluck dinner and a talk/hike by Martha Zettel. Bring a dish to pass, your place settings and a flashlight.
Please contact Karen Wolf so she can let BANC know how many extra people to expect. 670-9709.

Saturday May, 21 HERBARIUM 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 repairing and remounting plant specimens. No experience needed! The Museum café is open until 2 pm, if you wish to buy lunch. Space is limited - 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).

Friday, May27 ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY 9:45 - 11:00 p.m. Mendon Ponds Park Youth Camping Area. For more information, contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876.

June 2016
Fri June 3 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING
7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m Farash Center at Ionia. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Dave Bishop will present his annual year in review slide show. For more information, contact Joel Schmid at (585) 732-5321.

Tues June 7 FOSSIL MEETING
6:00 p.m. Ellison Park, Circle Shelter. Annual picnic and election of officers. The Section will provide hamburgers, hots, rolls and soft drinks. Each person is asked to bring a dish to pass. For more information contact Dan Krisher at 293-9033.

Wed June 15 RAS BOARD MEETING Ionia. Farash Center/Wolk Observatory. Time to be determined.

Sat June 18 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP
10:00 a.m. We will be attending the Maplewood Rose Festival at the corner of Lake and Driving Park Aves. in Rochester. We will be able to see more than 3000 rose bushes and take a free tour of the Genesee River gorge. If you are interested, please contact Larry Hirsch at 429-6199.
Wed June 22 HERBARIUM
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. 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. At RMSC go to the front desk and ask staff person to call ext. 368 in the Herbarium. For more information, contact Elizabeth Pixley, herbarium curator (334-0977 or eypixley@gmail.com).

Tues June 28 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP
10:00 a.m. Gosnell Big Woods Preserve (Webster) "Butterflies and Wildflowers." Joint BANC Field Trip. Meet at the parking lot for the preserve on the north side of the road where Vosburg Road turns into Drumm Road in Webster. Please call Karen Wolf at 670-9709 if you plan to attend.

Fri 24 ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY
10:00 p.m. Northampton Park. For more information, contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876.

July 2016

Thurs July 7 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. BANC Sanctuary. "Annual John Burroughs Appreciation Day." Joint BANC Field Trip; for directions to the Sanctuary, call Karen Wolf at 670-9709.

Sat July 9 HERBARIUM
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. See June 22 notice for more information. The Museum café is open until 2:00 if you wish to buy lunch.

Sat July 22 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP 6:00 p.m. BANC Sanctuary, Pot Luck dinner. Please call Karen Wolf at 670-9709 if you plan to attend.

Fri July 29-Sat 30 ASTRONOMY SECTION RocheStar Fest. A weekend of astronomy activities. Click for more information and Registration Form.

ONGOING EVENT
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.

August 2016



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