Examples of Programs at Past MSDC Meetings

Herkimer Diamonds - Scott Braley (January 2016). View slideshow presentation

Agates - Wayne Sukow (May 2014)

Australia—Minerals and Museums - Sue Marcus (February 2014)

The Bowen Reaction Series - Joe Marx, Northern Virginia Community College (April 2012)

The Bridgewater Titanite Follies - Carter Rich

Building Stones of Bulgaria – Ed Monroe

Cathodoluminescence and What It Can Tell Us About Pegmatite Processes - Dr. Michael Wise, NMNH (Jan. 2, 2013), 

Cave Minerals - Tom Tucker

Chromite MIning in Maryland (Maryland was the biggest chromite producer in the world in the 1800s.) - Johnny Johnson

Chrysoberyl – Lisa Karp, Montgomery College

Collecting in Creed, Colorado – George Loud

Collecting at the Dixie Mine, Virginia – Tom Tucker

Collecting the Cardinal Direction-Markers for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian – Tim Rose, NMNH

Collecting at the Goodsprings Mining District - Jim Soboleski

Collecting in Namibia and South Africa - Frank Hissong

Collecting and Exploring in Arizona and New Mexico - Dave and Leslie Nanney

Collecting "Herkimer Diamonds" - Scott Braley (January 2016)

Color in Minerals - Cathe Brown, NMNH

Colorful Rare Earth Minerals - Michael Pabst (June 5, 2013)

Colour-changing Diamonds - Dr. Keal S. Byrne (May 6, 2015)

Copper Silicates of Arizona - Michael Pabst (March 2017)

Corridor H, a roadcut in Virginia and West Virginia full of fascinating geology - Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College geologist (Sept. 2015)

Crystal Forms, Symmetry, and Systems – Cathe Brown, NMNH

Crystal Structures - Keith Williams

Cumbrian Hematite – Frank Hissong

Diamonds -- Kathy Hrechka (Sept. 2016)

Dinosaur Tracks in Maryland - Ray Stanford

Geological and Mineralogical Pioneer Nicholas Steno (1638-1686) - Alan Cutler (March 2012)

Geology around Yellowstone – Tom Tucker

Geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains – Richard Tollo, George Washington University

Geology of Gem Deposits – Michael Wise, NMNH

Geology of Mather Gorge (Great Falls of the Potomac) - Scott Southworth, US Geological Survey

Gold in the Washington, DC Area - Walter Goetz

Hope Diamond Recent Research - Jeffrey Post, NMNH

How to Classify and Document a Collection – Susan Fisher and other MSDC members

Introduction to the Rosetta Mission: Chasing the Comet - Dr. Thomas Gautier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (April 2015)

Kilauea Current Eruptions – Tim Rose, NMNH

Lake Superior Agates – Wayne Sukow

Living with A (Growing) Mineral Collection -- Charlie Berry (Oct. 2016)

Magma: First Contact with the Real Thing - Bruce Marsh

Many Forms of Fluorite - Susan FIsher (October 2012)

Mars Mineralogy – Mariek Schmidt, NMNH

Meteor Impact Craters:  The Hole Story – Bevan French

Meteorites: An Overview of Their Variety with A Special Look at the Lorton, Virginia Meteorite - Cari Corrigan, NMNH  (May 2012)

Meteorites in Antarctica - Cari Corrigan, NMNH (January 2012)

Microminerals - Joe Marty, BMS Micromounters Hall of Fame (April 2013)

Micros in Roadcuts of the Scenic Loop of Jeff Davis County, West Texas - Erich Grundel and Tom Tucker

Minerals of the Thomas Mountains, Utah - Patrick Haynes

Mineral Travels in Vietnam - Tom Tucker (February)

Mineral Twinning – Julia Nord, George Mason University

Mineral Travels in Vietnam - Tom Tucker

Moon Minerals - Paul Lowman

Morocco Mineral Travels - Casper Voogt (May 2013)

The Mysterious Masks of Teotihuacan - Tim Rose (January 2014)

A "Night of Geology" with Dr. Richard Tollo and his students in the Mineral Sciences program at George Washington University (March 2013)

Opals – Eloise Gaillou, NMNH

Origin of Willis Mountain and Other Kyanite Deposits - Dr. Brent Owens, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (June 2014)

Pegmatites: What are they and where to find them? - with Cathleen Brown of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (Feb. 2013)

Photographing Minerals - Bob Simonoff (April 2013)

Postcards: Images and Messages about Minerals, Mines and Miners - Erich Grundel (November 2014)

Purple Apatite - Michael Wise, NMNH

Recent advances in understanding the geology of the Piedmont Province of Virginia,
District of Columbia, and Maryland - Scott Southworth, USGS

Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral & Gem Show, France, 2012 - Bob Simonoff (Sept. 2012)

Tour of the Smithsonian’s NanaScanning Electron Microscope – Tim Rose, NMNH

Tracking the Early Cretaceous Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates in Maryland - Ray Stanford

An Update on Pegmatite Research - Dr. Michael Wise of the Smithsonian Mineral Sciences Department (June 2015)

The Wilson Cycle and Virginia Geology – Susan Fisher

The Wonders of Pegmatite Pockets – Michael Wise, NMNH

Zooming in on Micro-Minerals - Michael Pabst (March 2015)