Department of Earth Sciences
The University of Maine-Orono
Geology rocks! The University of Nebraska State Museum’s next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families explored rocks and minerals.
What is the difference between a rock and a mineral? What causes them to glow, crystallize, or take on vibrant colors? Visitors learned answers to these questions and more from scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the University of Maine, along with members of the Lincoln Gem and Mineral Club. They also discovered how we encounter minerals in our daily lives. Visitors were encouraged to bring a rock or mineral to the museum to be identified.
Matt Joeckel is a geologist in the UNL School of Natural Resources and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; and Curator of Geology in the museum. His main areas of expertise are sedimentology, the study of sediments and their environments of deposition, and stratigraphy, the study of rock and sediment layers, environmental geology (including groundwater), mineral resources, terrestrial paleoecology and paleoclimatology, and geomorphology.
Ed Grew is Research Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Maine in Orono. He has worked on nine Antarctic expeditions supported by the U.S., Japan, Australia, and former Soviet Union, including wintering over at the Soviet station Molodezhnaya in 1973. During his career as a mineralogist, he has discovered 11 new mineral species. He currently chairs an international committee working on the nomenclature of the garnet group.
Priscilla Grew is Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and Professor in the UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her doctoral thesis involved research on metamorphic rocks and garnets.
The Lincoln Gem and Mineral Club studies, promotes an interest in, and desseminates knowledge of Lapidary and various Earth Sciences to it's members and the general public; particularly youth and student groups.