Written by Julie Criscione, Geology Museum Program Coordinator
We are proud to announce the creation of our new “Ask A Geologist” Web Series!
Held bi-weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, each geologist will first introduce the day's geologic topic and then answer your questions about that topic live!
How did this program begin?
As soon as Rutgers University made the announcement that it would close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Museum Co-Director Dr. Lauren Adamo began thinking about ways the Museum could stay active in the community despite having to temporarily close its doors. On that first Saturday morning after Rutgers’ announcement, I received a text message from Dr. Adamo saying “I have an idea.” And so our new live-streaming series was born! After sending out a quick email to the Rutgers Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, we had the whole month of April booked with professors and graduate students eager to do something fun and share their science with the community!
The program was launched on Friday, March 20th with Graduate Student Ria Sarkar presenting on Rocks and Minerals. We have since had three more successful presentations on The Earth’s Magnetic Field with Dr. Chris Lepre, Hawaii’s 2018 Kilauea Eruption with Dr. Karen Bemis, and Volcanoes, with Graduate Student Aidan Taylor. We still have many presentations planned (now through Mid-May, with more requests to participate still coming in!) including presentations on impact cratering, plate tectonics, ocean zones, the atmosphere and even the Geology and Paleontology of Kenya.
So be sure to stay tuned!
You can find out more information about the program including the event schedule and recordings of past events on our "Ask A Geologist" Webpage.