September 2016

Sepember 20 MINERAL SECTION Meeting 7:00PM, Downstaire Meeting Room of Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwoood Avenue. Annual Show & Tell, Swap & Sell. For information contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp@rasny.org or (585) 732-5321

Sept FOSSIL SECTION no Fossil Section meetings are scheduled for September. Members will be notified in case of scheduling changes for Sept.

Sun Sept 11 ASTRONOMY OPEN HOUSE at the Farash Center Observatory noon to 4:00pm (or later is skies are clear) at Farash Center Observatory. Contact Joel Schmidt at 533-2097

Fri Sept 2 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING
7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m at the Farash Center, Ionia. ASRAS General Members Meeting. For more information, contact Joel Schmid at (585) 533-2097.

Mon Sept 12 ASTRONOMY SECTION BOARD MEETING 7:00pm Farash Center, Ionia NY.

Sat, Sept 10 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP 9:00AM. We will again join the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club for their ZURICH BOG FIELD TRIP, Arcadia NY. FUNGI AND PLANTS OF ZURICH BOG WOODS. For further instructions about car pooling and meeting place, contact Karen Wolf 670-9709.


Sat Sept 17 LIFE SCIENCES SECTION will hold a workshop from 10 am - 2 pm 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).

October 2016

Tues 4 FOSSIL SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall. Guest speaker, SUNY Brockport Professor Dr. Judy Massare, a Mesozoic marine reptile specialist, will speak about working with historic collections and the problem of composite specimens: The challenges of research on historic collections: Lower Jurassic ichthyosaurs from England. Contact: Dan Krisher 698-3147.

Fri 7 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Farash Center in Ionia, NY. Snacks at 7:00 p.m. Kevin C. Cooke, a 4th year PhD candidate in astrophysics at RIT will talk on The Commercial Space Race. Join us also for a short Town Hall discussion (Part 2) led by ASRAS president Joel Schmid on future growth. Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

Mon 10 ASTRONOMY BOARD MEETING 7:00 p.m. University of Rochester, Bausch & Lomb Hall, 4th floor, Chart Room. All ASRAS members are welcome. Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097

Sat Oct 8 FOSSIL SECTION FIELD TRIP Last field trip of 2016! A visit to Middle Devonian sites of Pompey Center and Swamp Road, located just east of Syracuse. We may also visit the Sheds site a bit further to the south. If you are interested in attending email Dan Krisher at dlkfossil@gmail.com no later than October 6th.

Wed 12 LIFE SCIENCES HERBARIUM WORKSHOP 1:00 - 4:00p.m. 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 ask the front desk staff person to call ext. 368 in the Herbarium. For more information, contact Elizabeth Pixley, herbarium curator 334-0977 or eypixley@gmail.com.

Sat 15 ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION at RMSC EVENT 11:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Rochester Museum & Science Center.
We join AIA for a celebration of annual National Archeology Day. There will be posters and displays of objects of interest for both anthropologists and archeologists. Contact Karen Wolf for more details: 670-9709.

Sun 16 ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Noon to 4:00 p.m. (and later, if skies are clear). Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8555 County Road 14, Ionia.14475.  Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Tues Oct 18 MINERAL SECTION MEETING 7:00 p.m. Downstairs meeting room. Brighton Town Hall. 2300 Elmwood Avenue. Canadian David Joyce returns to speak about Minerals from the Bay of Fundy. Expect good minerals, scenery, and adventures! Join us for an informative presentation and refreshments. Contact: Stephen Busschaert, 732-5321 or mineralvp@rasny.org.

Wed 19 RAS BOARD MEETING  7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room. Contact: Jutta Dudley, 385-2368.

Thurs 20 ANTHROPOLOGY MEETING/LECTURE 7:30 p.m. Memorial Art Gallery. Visit with the Rochester Chapter of the Archeological Institute of America for a lecture The Invention of Writing in Meso-potamia: New Approaches to a Very Old Problem presented by AIA National Lecturer Jennifer C. Ross. Contact: Karen Wolf, 670-9709.

Fri 21 ASTRONOMY PUBLIC STAR PARTY 7:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mendon Ponds Park, Hopkins Point Rd. Contact: Jim Seidewand, 703-9876.

Sat 22 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP 10:00 a.m. Parking lot at Tinker Nature Park, 1525 Calkins Rd. in Henrietta. We'll walk a trail and end with a visit to the indoor exhibits at Tinker's Hansen Nature Center. Contact: Larry Hirsch, 429-6199.


Saturdays in Oct STRASENBURGH PLANETARIUM TELESCOPE OPERATION Clear Saturday nights at the observatory at the Rochester Museum of Science. See www.rochesterastronomy.org for current times. Contact: Jim Seidewand at 703-9876.

November 2016

Tues 1 FOSSIL SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall. Auditorium, not the usual downstairs meeting room. The program will feature a 20 minute talk on the chemistry of pyritization followed by a fossil themed quiz show. Contact: Dan Krisher, 698-3147.

Fri 4 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. RIT Gosnell Hall Room A 300.
Speaker - To be Determined. General membership will vote for new 2017 Board of Directors. For mail-in vote please see the ASRAS Nov Newsletter.  
Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

Mon 7 ASTRONOMY BOARD MEETING  7 p.m. University of Rochester, Bausch & Lomb Hall, 4th floor, Chart Room. All ASRAS members are welcome.  Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097

Sat 12 RAS FALL SCIENTIFIC PAPER SESSION & LECTURE 8:30a.m.-2:00 p.m. Robert Wesleyan College. See page 1 for details. Contact: Jutta Dudley, 385-2368.

Sat 12 ASTRONOMY EQUIPMENT COACHING SESSION
4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Farash Center, Ionia NY. Hands on training of observatory equipment. Contact: Ted Lechman, 490-1132.

Sat 12 ASTRONOMY HOLIDAY TELESCOPE BUYING SEMINAR
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum of Science. An opportunity for the public to get expert advice on buying a telescope for the holidays.  Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

Sun 13 ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE  12 p.m. - 4 p.m. (and later, if skies are clear). Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8555 County Road 14, Ionia.14475.  Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

Tues 15 MINERAL SECTION MEETING  7 p.m. Brighton Town Hall. 2300 Elmwood Ave. Auditorium. Dr. Carmela Garzione of the University of Rochester will discuss The Rise of Mountain Belts and the Fall in Global Temperatures: Why We Live in a Glacial World.  She'll explore the geological and atmospheric mechanisms influencing the global carbon budget and those that cause global cooling when the Antarctic ice sheet grew ~30 million years ago as well as ice sheets in the northern hemisphere during the past 3 million years.  Contact: Stephen Busschaert, 351-7633 or mineralvp@rasny.org

Wed 16 LIFE SCIENCES HERBARIUM WORKSHOP  1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). At RMSC go to the front desk and ask staff person to call ext. 368 in the Herbarium. 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! Please RSVP the Herbarium curator, Elizabeth Pixley at
334-0977 or eypixley@gmail.com.

Fri 25 ASTRONOMY PUBLIC STAR PARTY  8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Northampton Park. Weather Permitting. Contact: Jim Seidewand, 703-9876.

ONGOING EVENT
STRASENBURGH PLANETARIUM TELESCOPE OPERATION
Clear Saturday nights at the observatory at the Rochester Museum of Science. See www.rochesterastronomy.org for current times. Contact:
Jim Seidewand, 703-9876.

December 2016

Fri 2 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING AND HOLIDAY PARTY  6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Strasenburgh Planetarium. Setup at 6:00 p.m. Do not go to RIT! Contact: Joel Schmid, 533-2097.

Tues 6 FOSSIL SECTION MEETING 7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall Community Meeting Room, 2300 Elmwood Ave. 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 698-3147.

Wed 14 LIFE SCIENCES HERBARIUM WORKSHOP 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). At RMSC go to the front desk and ask staff person to call ext. 368 in the Herbarium. 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! Please RSVP the Herbarium curator, Elizabeth Pixley at 334-0977 or eypixley@gmail.com

Wed 14 LIFE SCIENCES HERBARIUM WORKSHOP
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Basement of the Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC). At RMSC go to the front desk and ask staff person to call ext. 368 in the Herbarium. 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! Please RSVP the Herbarium curator, Elizabeth Pixley at 334-0977 or eypixley@gmail.com

No Mineral Section meeting this month.

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.


January 2017

There is no meeting for the Fossil Section in January.

There is no Astronomy Section public star party in January.

Life Science-Herbarium Notice: Watch for email notices regarding work meetings to quickly sort and transport herbarium specimens to make way for RMSC construction. Many willing hands will be needed. Thanks in advance for your help.

Fri 6 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. RIT Gosnell Hall Room A 300. Speaker: Dr. Craig McMurtry, University of Rochester. Topic: "NEOCAM - A New Satellite to Search for Near Earth Orbit Objects." Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Mon 9 ASTRONOMY BOARD MEETING 7 p.m. University of Rochester, Bausch & Lomb Hall, 4th floor, Chart Room. All ASRAS members are welcome. Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Sun 15 WINTERFEST at Mendon Ponds Park  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No matter what the weather, join the community at the County's Annual Winterfest at Mendon Ponds Park! You can hike, race, geocache, ride a wagon, watch sled dogs run, meet wild critters, a patrol dog and horse, plus so much more! See detailed information about the activities at http://mendonpondswinterfest.org
Don't forget we'd like your help at the Astronomy or Fossil and Mineral booths!

Sun 15 LIFE SCIENCES FIELD TRIP 11:00 a.m. Visitors Center, Mendon Ponds Park, Winterfest Event. We will meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. From there we will travel to the activities in the park. For directions contact Larry Hirsch, 429-6199.

Tues 17 MINERAL SECTION MEETING  7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 in the Downstairs Meeting Room. Join us for refreshments and a presentation by Vandall King about "Franklin Marble--the Other Franklin." The Franklin area of New Jersey is famous for its fluorescent minerals in the zinc mines. In the Franklin Marble, you can find about 85 different minerals, many unique and world class, including green tourmaline, golden mica, big diopside crystals, giant scapolite, and more. You can access these sites through quarry field trips. Contact: Stephen Busschaert 351-7633

Sun 22 ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8555 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Events include: Sledding party for kids of all ages. Contact Carol Latta at 392-7241. Observatory and Telescope Training. Contact Ted Lechman at 490-1132. Open House open to public. For weather related cancellations or changes contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097 or see www.rochesterastronomy.org/calendar-of-events.

February 2017

Friday 3, ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING -- 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Professor Richard O'Shaughnessy (RIT) will speak on the recent Gravity Wave discovery.
Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Tuesday 7, FOSSIL MEETING -- 7:30 PM Brighton Town Hall Auditorium 2300 Elmwood Ave. Michael Grenier will present a slide-show talk on "Dinosaur Research in 2016: Dinosaur Blood & Brains, Evolution of Flight & Feathers, Endothermy, & Other Amazing Finds." Visitors welcome.

Sunday 19, ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE --12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8555 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Events include: Sledding party for kids of all ages. Contact Carol Latta at 392-7241. Observatory and Telescope Training. Contact Ted Lechman at 490-1132. Open House for the public. For weather related cancellations or changes contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097 or see: www.rochesterastronomy.org/calendar-of-events.

Tuesday 21 MINERAL SECTION MEETING -- 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Downstairs Meeting Room. Meteorite Show and Tell. Members are invited to bring in their meteorites, meteor "wrongs", and impactites. Join us for refreshments and discussion of rocks from outer space. For more information contact Stephen Buschaert at 351-7633 or mineralvp@rasny.org.

March 2017

Friday 3 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING -- 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Professor Mike Richmond and Jennifer Connelly (RIT) will speak on their Kitts Peak Observing experience. Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Tuesday 7, FOSSIL MEETING --7:30 PM Brighton Town Hall Downstairs Meeting Room 2300 Elmwood Ave. Speaker Carlie Pietsch discusses "The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and it's implications on the ecology and evolution of mollusks." Visitors welcome

Saturday 18 ASTRONOMY TELESCOPE TUNE-UP DAY -- 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Strassenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester Museum of Science.  Bring your telescope for a tune-up and repair by Astronomy Section volunteers. Contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097.

Sunday 19 ASTRONOMY PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (or later, if skies are clear). Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational Astronomy, 8555 County Road 14 Ionia, NY 14475. Young Astronomers: Contact Carol Latta at 392-7241. Observatory and Telescope Training. Contact Ted Lechman at 490-1132. For more information contact: Joel Schmid 533-2097 or see: www.rochesterastronomy.org/calendar-of-events.

Tuesday 21 MINERAL SECTION MEETING -- 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Downstairs Meeting Room. Retired geologist and member Fred Haynes will present "Adventures in Mineral Collecting in New York State."  The talk will include a bit on the rich and varied bedrock geology of New York State, a bit about the history of many of the locations, some stories about collecting at them, and a lot of pictures of minerals. Fred will also bring specimens from a number of the interesting locations he has visited in the past five years. For more information contact Stephen Buschaert at 351-7633 or mineralvp@rasny.org.

April 2017


Thursday, April 6, 2017, Annual Spring Lecture at the Brighton Town Hall Auditorium, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618   Our speaker will be Doug Bassett, Letchworth Stage Park Naturalist.  Title of talk:  "The Nature of Letchworth"

Thursday April 20--Sunday April 23     44th Rochester Mineralogical Symposium

 

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