7th Annual Midwest Mineralogical Symposium

03/09/2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Karl E. Limper Geology Museum - Miami University
Address: Shideler Hall, Oxford, Ohio 45056, United States

Friends of Mineralogy Midwest Chapter
7th Annual Mineralogical Symposium
Hosted by the Miami University Karl E. Limper Geology Museum

DATE: Saturday March 9, 2019
TIME: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
LOCATION: 152 Shideler Hall (Spring Street & Patterson Ave), Miami University, Oxford, OH
CONTACTS: Randy Marsh (vpprograms@fommidwest.org or 513-515-7890), Ken Bladh (president@fommidwest.org or 937-390-1742)

Statement of purpose: FM’s objective is to promote, support, protect, and expand the collecting of mineral specimens, while furthering the recognition of the scientific, economic, and aesthetic value of minerals and mineral collecting. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together professional and amateur mineral enthusiasts to share information of common interest, to build a local mineralogical community and to provide students with an opportunity to share their work and receive public recognition for it.


9:00-9:30         FM Midwest Chapter Meeting (open to all)
9:30-10:30       Dr. Steve Chamberlain: Balmat, NY: An Under-Appreciated Classic Locality
10:30-11:15     Dr. Ken Bladh: Arizona Wulfenite
11:15-12:00     Dr. John Medici: Some Auglaize Quarry Mineral Collecting, 1968 to Date
12:00-1:00      Lunch Break Armstrong Student Center, Museum Viewing and Lunar Meteorite Viewing
1:00-1:30         Dr. Claire McLeod: General Mineralogy of the Moon
1:30-2:15          Johan Maertens: The Mineral Ice: Collecting Frost Crystals
2:15-3:00         Dr. John Rakovan: Forensic Mineralogy: Examples in Silver and Gold
3:00-4:00         Student Talks (20 min each, in order outlined on next page)
4:00-4:15         Break
4:15-4:30         Awards for Student Talks
Dr. Steve Chamberlain is the Coordinator, Center for Mineralogy, at New York State Museum. He is a prolific collector of New York state minerals. Steve was chairman or co-chairman of the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium from 1986 to 2018.

Dr. John Medici is an American Chemical Society emeritus Chemical Abstracts retiree (Biochemistry/Food/Nutrition editor-translator) with extensive field collecting travels in over half of the 50 US states and several provinces in Canada.

Dr. Ken Bladh is President, Friends of Mineralogy Midwest Chapter. He is Emeritus Professor of Geology at Wittenberg University and editor of the MSA Handbook of Mineralogy.
Dr. Claire McLeod is an Assistant Professor of Petrology and Geochemistry at Miami University. Her research involves looking at the mineralogical make up of returned Apollo samples and lunar meteorites in order to evaluate the geological history of the Moon.
Dr. John Rakovan is a Professor of Mineralogy at Miami University and an executive editor of Rocks & Minerals.

Department of Geology and Earth Science, Miami University, Oxford, OH

John Fink (1), Chris Emproto (1), John A. Jaszczak (2), and John Rakovan (1)
(1) Dept of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
(2) Dept of Chem and the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, Michigan

Chris Emproto, John Fink, and John Rakovan
Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

ADDITIONAL PRESENTATIONS by KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Steve Chamberlain will be giving an additional talk at the Cincinnati Mineral Society meeting on the evening of Friday, March 8, 2019. Contact Terry Huizing at tehuizing@fuse.net for further details or visit the CMS website (mineralsociety.org).

DIRECTIONS and PARKING:  The Limper Geology Museum is located on the Miami University campus just inside the East and West entrances to Shideler Hall on the first floor.  Shideler Hall is located west of the intersection of US Highway 27 and State Route 73.  See map on following page.

Recommended parking is in Cook Field lot near the bell tower across the road from Shideler Hall. Parking requires the purchase of a permit. Please visit http://www.miamioh.edu/parking/permits/index.html, select Visitors, and then click Purchase Visitor Permit.  You will need to display this permit on your dashboard the day of the event. Cost is $3.

You may also obtain permits from John Rakovan inside the auditorium on the day of the symposium. You will need cash. You will have to walk back to your vehicle to display the permit.

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  • 03/21/2020 9:00 AM - 03/21/2020 2:00 PM

    FM Midwest Chapter Members and Members of Other Organizations:

    Happy New Year!

    It is once again time to think about MSHA refresher training so you can participate on upcoming field trips.

    Scott Kell will once again be giving his collector-specific training on Saturday, March 21, from 9:00 AM -2:00 PM in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. If you are using your GPS, the street address is 315 Bill Edwards Drive, Springfield, OH. Parking is available directly across the street from the Science Center.  Signs will be posted on the doors of the Science Center to guide you regardless of what door you come in.

    We are doing signup differently this year.  Please click this link https://forms.gle/fzJK1h4rCBzNiJ7w7 to go to Google form to sign up.  This is so much easier than tracking all your emails.  J  If you can’t show up, no worries.  We have plenty of room.

    Coffee and hot water for tea will be available. Please consider bringing some snacks/drinks for yourself and others to enjoy.  WE ARE NOT BREAKING FOR LUNCH so please come prepared for this if you cannot wait for food.

    This event is free. Students are welcome to attend.  Most quarries do not let people under 18 into them.

    Randy Marsh

    Liaison Officer - Friends of Mineralogy Midwest Chapter