RU Museum of the Earth Sciences announces Fall Lecture Series


The Grand Canyon, Virginia's geologic attractions and bizarre bugs will be featured topics in the 2014 Fall Lecture Series, sponsored by the Radford University Museum of the Earth Sciences.

The first of the Fall 2014 MES Lecture series will feature one of RU's own, Professor of Geology Parvinder Sethi. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, he will present "The Grand Canyon in 3D: A Geologist's Adventures through Deep Time." The presentation will be a visual voyage from the top of the Grand Canyon down through time to the Colorado River at the bottom of this mile-deep natural wonder and geologic calendar.

Sethi's presentation and all of the MES lectures are in the Hurlburt Center Auditorium and begin at 7:30 p.m.

"Presenting the mystery and wonder of earth sciences and the fascinating stories of those who delve into them are an important part of the museum's work," said MES Director and Professor of Geology Steve Lenhart. "This fall's lectures will be a rich and entertaining look at those mysteries and wonders through the eyes of passionate scientists."

Other upcoming Fall MES lectures are:

"How Did That Get in There? A Review of My Most Bizarre Entomological Consultations" by Joe Keiper, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History – Tuesday, Nov. 4.

"Geociting In and Around Virginia: a virtual field trip to nine geologically significant places in and around Virginia" by Albert Dickas, professor emeritus of geology at University of Wisconsin-Superior ­–  Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The Radford University Museum of the Earth Sciences is part of the department of geology in the College of Science and Technology and an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Natural History. The museum serves as an educational resource for earth science-related themes for the university, K-12 communities and the general public. It is open from October through November and from January through April while RU is in session.

To learn more about the Museum of the Earth Sciences or the lecture series, contact Lenhart at (540) 831-5257 or

Sep 24, 2014