DUE TO COVID-19, FRIENDS' TALKS ARE VIRTUAL
MAY’S LECTURE TOPIC: “The Complex Mineralogy of Agates” by Dr. Peter Heaney, Penn State University
The Sinkankas Symposium has been described as the most important gemological conferences in North America. The annual event is named for John Sinkankas (1915–2002), one of the most distinguished and influential figures in gemology and mineralogy. Every year, presentations on a featured gem theme are given by specialists in diverse gem-related disciplines. The Sinkankas Symposium is co-sponsored by the Gemological Society of San Diego (GSSD) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM (MST)
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The purpose of the Friends organization is to promote and support the Museum through financial contributions, by organizing and hosting a variety of events, and by creating a community of Museum advocates.
Friends of Mines Museum Members receive the following benefits:
- A 20% discount at Mines Museum’s Store
- Annual field trips
- Lecture series
- Biannual newsletter
- Special access to exclusive museum events
2021 Board Members
President: Pete Modreski
Vice President: Lesley Sebol
Treasurer: Bill Jones
Secretary: John Schmidt
Bob Carnein, Board Member
Dan Zellner, Board Member
Peyton Jackson, Board Member
Sherm Marsh, Board Member
Friends’ Lecture Series:
APRIL – Virtual Tour of the Mineral Sciences at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution” by Leslie Hale (virtual talk)
Presenter: Leslie Hale, National Rock and Ore Collections Manager and Collections Management Team Lead for the Department of Mineral Sciences at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
FEBRUARY – In the Shadow of Volcanoes (virtual talk)
Presenter: Dr. Nicholas Famoso, Chief of Paleontology and Museum Curator at John Day Fossil Beds
JANUARY – Various Mineral Types (virtual talk)
Presenter: Pete Modreski
DECEMBER – Friends Annual Meeting (virtual talk)
Presenter: Renata Lafler, Executive Director, and Daniel Schlegel, Operations Director
NOVEMBER – “Luminescence Dating of Cave Trap Sediments in Wyoming” (virtual talk)
Presenter: Shannon Mahan, Research Geologist, USGS
OCTOBER – “The Lost Quarries of Arthur Lakes” (virtual talk)
Presenter: Matthew Mossbrucker, Director & Chief Curator at the Morrison Museum
Matthew showed amazing pieces from the Morrison Museum collections and told great stories of the collections from Arthur Lakes.
SEPTEMBER – “How the Ice Age Can Be Used to Teach Science to K-12 Students” (virtual talk)
Presented by Seth Vandanberg, Education Coordinator, Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Seth talked about how an Ice Age site could be used to reach out K-12 students on many levels with the mammoth site.
JULY – “Exploring for Diamonds in the Sahara Desert of Algeria” (virtual talk)
Presented by Steven Smith, USGS
Steven talked about his experiences of exploring for diamonds and gave good humored advice gained from his experiences.
JUNE – “Badlands National Park Paleontology & Geology” (virtual talk)
Presented by Ed Welsh, Badlands National Park Ranger
Ed spoke about the geologic history of the Badlands and some of the new paleontology research and discoveries at the park.
MAY – “The Permian-Triassic Transition in Colorado” (virtual talk)
Presented by Dr. James Hagadorn
Dr. James Hagadorn is the Tim & Kathryn Ryan Curator of Geology at the Denver Museum of nature and Science
MARCH – “The Last Mammoths: Holocene Extinction on St. Paul Island, Alaska”
Presented by Dr. Russ Graham
Dr. Graham was the former Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum at Penn State University and former Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Geology Department at the Colorado School of Mines and a volunteer at Mines Museum of Earth Science.