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‘Sunday with a Scientist’ explores rocks and minerals Dec. 18

Matt Joeckel examines strata of the Ash Hollow Formation in western Nebraska.
Matt Joeckel examines strata of the Ash Hollow Formation in western Nebraska.

Geology will be unearthed for children and families when the University of Nebraska State Museum’s "Sunday with a Scientist" program explores rocks and minerals, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 18 in Morrill Hall.

Visitors will learn the difference between a rock and a mineral and what causes them to glow, crystallize or take on vibrant colors. They will also discover how we encounter minerals in our daily lives. Visitors are encouraged to bring a rock or mineral to the museum to be identified.

The event will be led by the following scientists:

• Matt Joeckel, a geologist in the UNL School of Natural Resources and department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; and the museum's curator of geology.

• Ed Grew, a research professor in the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Maine in Orono.

• Priscilla Grew, a director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and professor in the UNL department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

"Sunday with a Scientist" is a series of presentations that highlight the work of State Museum scientists and those from other UNL departments and institutions, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters will share scientific information in a fun and informal way through demonstrations, activities or by conducting their science on site. "Sunday with a Scientist" programs are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall on the third Sunday of each month.

For updates on the Sunday with a Scientist schedule or for information about the museum, go to http://www.museum.unl.edu.