September 2014

Tuesday 16 – 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.

October 2014

(This month there are several corrections and a program update from what appears in the the RAS Bulletin.)

Friday Oct 3 ASTRONOMY SECTION – 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at RIT Gosnell Hall, Room A-300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Main Talk is on Stellar Physics by David Jouppi. For more information, contact Valerie Rapson at (585) 301-3424.

Saturday Oct 4 – LIFE SCIENCES 10 a.m. Life Sciences Section will join the Nature Conservancy for a guided tour in Thousand Acre Swamp at 1581 Jackson Road in Penfield. Enjoy the fall colors while identifying local trees and shrubs. Contact Larry Hirsch for details, 429-6199.

Tuesday Oct 7 – FOSSIL SECTION 7:30 PM. Member meeting in the downstairs meeting room of the Brighton Town Hall. The talk by Don Wilson that was in the printed RAS Bulletin is posponed due to the speaker being injured. Instead, Dan Krisher will make an informal presentation on examples of useful publications on the fossils and stratigraphy of New York and on some useful Internet resources.  A fieldtrip to the Ward's museum located in the town of Wyoming is being arranged for a future Saturday in October. Stay tuned for further details.

Wednesday Oct 15 – RAS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

Saturday Oct 18 – LIFE SCIENCES – 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.

Tuesday 21– MINERAL MEETING 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Downstairs Meeting Room, Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618.  Our speaker will be David Joyce from Newmarket, Ontario will be speaking on "Collecting Minerals in Morocco.  Refreshments and doorprizes.  For more info, please contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp(at)rasny.org or 585-288-5683.

Saturday Oct 25 – LIFE SCIENCES 10 a.m. Kent Arboretum (formerly Webster Arboretum) at 1700 Schlegel Road in Webster. We will walk the trails to enjoy the fall colors and to see the many species of trees from around the world. Contact Larry Hirsch for details, 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 2014

Saturday 1 ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION EVENT – 11:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. at the Rochester Museum and Science, Center, 657 East Avenue.  Help celebrate International Archaeology Day with the Archeological Institute of America, Rochester Section. The anthropology section will participate with display tables of books, magazines and toys/activities for children, including hieroglyphic stamp and coloring projects at the RMSC.  We will also have various artifacts on display, courtesy of the RMSC and members of both groups. (An added benefit is free admission to the RMSC for volunteers!) If interested in this event, please contact Karen Wolf 670-9709.

Wednesday 5 FOSSIL SECTION MEETING –
7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall Auditorium, 2300 Elmwood Ave.  In order to accommodate a speaker's schedule, the meeting will feature the "Show-n-Tell" session normally held in December.  Members are asked to bring their interesting finds and any specimens in need of an identification. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Dan Krisher at 293-9033.

Thursday 6 ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION MEETING –
7:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 Winton Rd. S.  We will attend the AIA meeting for their lecture entitled "A Tale of Two Peoples: Phoenicians and Jews in the Land Beyond the River" by Dr. Andrea M. Berlin. Dr. Andrea Berlin is the Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota.  She specializes in the archaeology of the Hellenistic and Roman Near East.  At Tel Kedesh, the largest mound in Israel's Upper Galilee, her work has brought to light an enormous, and heretofore unknown, commercial and administrative building, first constructed in the later sixth century BCE and used for the next 350 years. Our discoveries include glass and stone seals that show the Phoenician embrace of Persian styles.  For more information contact Karen Wolf 670-9709.

Friday 7 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING –
7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the RIT. ASRAS General Members Meeting. Marty Pepe will speak about lunar geology. For more information, contact Valerie Rapson at (585) 301-3424.

Wednesday 12 LIFE SCIENCES HERBARIUM WORKSHOP Life Sciences section will hold a workshop from 1 to 4 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 he 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).

Saturday 15– Fall Scientific Paper Session at The College at Brockport. The 41st Annual Fall Scientific Paper Session of the Rochester Academy of Science will be hosted by the School of Science and Mathematics, the College at Brockport, on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Registration begins at 8:30 AM in Edwards Hall. Oral presentations and poster sessions begin at 9:30 AM. The luncheon begins at 12:30 PM in the Ballroom of the Seymour Union, followed at 1:00 PM by the Larry King Memorial Lecture entitled “A Reply to the Man Who Made Toilet Paper: The Value of ‘Basic’ Scientific Research” by Dr. Christopher Norment, author of Return to Wardens Grove: Science, Desire, and the Life of Sparrows. The event is free and open to the Public.

Tuesday Nov. 18 – MINERAL MEETING – 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Downstairs Meeting Room, Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14618. Dr. David Bailey from Hamilton College will speak on, "New York Pegmatites, Minerals of the Benson Mine Iron Deposit." There will be refreshments and door prizes. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp(at)rasny.org or leave a message at 585-288-5683.

Wed 19 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 2014

06 Mineral Section Holiday Dinner Meeting, - 5pm to 9 pm. At the Penfield Methodist Church, 1795 Baird Rd. Penfield, NY 14526.
Mineral Section Members and Guests only.
Bring a dish to pass with a serving spoon. The program will be a talk by Fred Haynes. RSVPs appreciated to Stephen Busschaert at <mineralvp@rasny.org> or leave a message at 585-288-5683.

January 2015
No Fossil Section meeting in January.

Sunday 18 WINTERFEST
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Mendon Ponds Park. Several RAS sections will host exhibits in the Cobblestone House, and the East Lodge.

Tuesday 20 MINERAL SECTION MEETING
7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave in the downstairs meeting room. Stephen Busschaert will give a talk titled "Spectrographic Analysis of the Hope Diamond." We will also discuss section activities for 2015. For more information contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp@rasny.org or 585-288-5683.

February 2015

Tuesday, February 3 Fossil Section Meeting – 7:30 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave in the downstairs meeting room. The speaker will be Stephen Durham/ PhD Student from Cornell University. He will be speaking on the subject of Conservation Paleontology.

Tuesday, February 17 Mineral Section Meeting – 7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave in the downstairs meeting room. Fred Haynes will speak on “Selleck Road, West Pierrepont, NY: History and Minerals.” This talk was originally prepared by Steve Chamberlain in 2011 and presented at Wildacres in North Carolina. Fred has added from his collecting experience at the classic NY location.

March 2015

Tuesday March, 17 Mineral Section Meeting 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Downstairs Meeting Room. Brighton Town Hall.
It’s St Patrick’s Day and we’re going green! Join us for a talk and discussion about Green Minerals with geologist Dan Robertson of Monroe Community College. To add to the fun, bring along your own green minerals for display. Door prizes and refreshments. For more information contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp@rasny.org or 585-732- 5321.

April 2015

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.

May 2015

Friday May 1 ASTRONOMY SECTION MEETING
7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m RIT, Gosnell Hall, Room A300. ASRAS General Members Meeting. UR Professor Eric Mamajek will speak about extra-solar J1407 Eclipsing Ring System and the closest known flyby of a star near our solar system. For more information, contact Valerie Rapson at (585) 301-3424.

Saturday May 2 MINERAL SECTION FIELD TRIP
6:45 a.m - noon. Penfield Quarry Open House, 746 Whalen Road. All ages welcome - open to the public! Hard hats (children may wear bicycle helmets), safety glasses, sturdy foot-wear, & long pants required. Expect to find fluorite, calcite, selenite, sphalerite, dolomite, gypsum, galena & fossils. For more information, contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp@rasny.org or 585-732-5321.

Friday May 8 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 giving us an update of his ongoing work in the Upper Devonian of New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The first half of the fieldtrip schedule is in the process of being finalized and will appear in the May issue of the Fossil newsletter. Refreshments will be served immediately following the talk. For more information, contact Dan Krisher at 293-9033.

Thursday May 14 and Friday the 15th, 2015.  Science Exploration Days  
St. John Fisher College, Student Life Center (gymnasium).
2:00 p.m. Thursday: RAS sets up exhibit tables.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday: Exhibit Hall Open and Free to families.
9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Friday: Junior and High School Students Program includes time in the Exhibit Hall and 2-3 short classroom lectures.
1:00 p.m. Friday: Free luncheon for presenters and exhibitors.
This event is sponsored by the Central-Western Section of the Science Teachers Association of NY.  RAS sections exhibit here.

Tuesday May 19 MINERAL SECTION MEETING
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Downstairs Meeting Room. Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14618.
Join us for a talk and film about "Gold Mining Today in California" by Brian McGrath. To add to the fun, bring along your own minerals for display. Door prizes and refreshments. For more information contact Stephen Busschaert at mineralvp@rasny.org or 585-732- 5321.

Wednesday May 20 RAS BOARD MEETING
7:00 p.m. Brighton Town Hall, Stage Conference Room.

Friday May 22 ASTRONOMY STAR PARTY
9:30 - 10:45 p.m. Mendon Ponds Park Youth Camping Area. For more information, contact Jim Seidewand at (585) 703-9876.

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