Oregon Gems of the Rice Museum

Oregon Gems of the Rice Museum

Rice Museum curator Leslie Moclock is in charge of the museum’s education curriculum. In the course of her educational presentations, she finds that kids always ask deceptively tricky questions like, “Why are minerals the color that they are?” Moclock enjoys this part of her work because answering these questions opens doors to doing research. Examples of research topics she has pursued include two famous Oregon gemstones, opal (notably from Opal Butte in Morrow County) and sunstones (from Ponderosa and Plush area mines). 

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Nominating Committee Results

The following slate of officers has been selected by this year’s nominating committee:

President Paul Edison-Lahm
Vice President Sheila Alfsen
Secretary Carol Hasenberg
Treasurer Dawn Juliano
Director, 3 years Megan Faust
Director, 2 years Julia Lanning
Director, 1 year Larry Purchase

Nominations are closed for this year’s slate of officers. The slate of officers will be voted on and approved at the February monthly meeting.

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High School Teacher Emphasizes the Scientific Method in his Geoscience Class

High School Teacher Emphasizes the Scientific Method in his Geoscience Class

Frank Hladky, registered geologist who worked for DOGAMI (Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries) for 22 years, came to talk to GSOC about how he used his geological background to transform himself into a high school science teacher. He has been teaching high school in southern Oregon for over a dozen years now and is a member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

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Future Solar Eclipses in Oregon

Future Solar Eclipses in Oregon

We will never see another total eclipse in our lifetime unless we leave Oregon, however eclipsewise.com has links to small scale world maps, each showing paths all eclipses in a chosen 20-year interval, with the date of each.

If the above website yields a date you are interested in, use the following Nasa Eclipse Website map with the exact date substituted for yyyymmdd. This will display a Google map with the eclipse path that you can zoom in on.

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