generally meets the third Wednesday of each month, August through May.
We now meet in Penn State's Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, on White Course Drive off North Atherton Street.
See driving directions and campus maps.
All are welcome to attend our meetings!
Parents must provide supervision of minors.
Mineral collectors and rockhounds, earth scientists and dinosaur lovers will all enjoy our activities.
Download and print a meeting flyer.
NMS February 21st meeting:
Katherine L Crispin, Ph.D.
EPMA and Quantitative Analysis
Materials Characterization Lab, Penn State
Our February meeting will be held Wednesday the 21st in 114 Earth & Engineering Sciences Building (EESB) on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA. Maps are available on our web site.
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Social hour, refreshments in the hallway
7:45 to 8:00 p.m.: announcements, questions, answers
about 8:00 p.m.: featured program
The event has free admission, free parking, and free refreshments, and is open to all; parents/guardians must provide supervision of minors. Bring your friends and share an interesting evening!
Technology today is able to give precise quantifiable results for determination of material composition. There is a long history of scientific breakthroughs and developments that made this possible, which was accompanied by a stepwise progression of serious (and silly) experiments from the 1600s to today that brought us into the modern era of energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS) techniques. This talk covers everything from the discovery of electrons to creating vacuum environments to detection and utilization of x-rays. The techniques discussed are a mainstay for modern analysis of minerals and related synthetic materials.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS and PARKING for Earth & Engineering Sciences Building meetings on the Penn State campus (NOT Minerals Junior Ed. Day): After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, free parking is available immediately across the street from the building. From North Atherton St. (Business Rt. 322) between College Avenue and Park Avenue, turn west (toward the golf course) off North Atherton at the traffic signal marked "White Course Drive." Go past the parking attendant's booth, follow the curve to the left, then turn right into the parking lot before reaching the stop sign. The building entrance is a little beyond the center of the lot, at the two round concrete planters. Enter the building, then go all the way across the lobby for our social hour & meeting room. We have a simple map at http://www.nittanymineral.org/EESBmap.jpg. For official campus maps see http://www.geog.psu.edu/print-campus-maps .
NMS has in stock the new order of T-shirts in Galapagos blue, Texas orange (both shown here) and royal blue.
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
2016: CELESTINE is under consideration for Pennsylvania State Mineral
Collecting crystals in a quarry
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!