SOCGEMS Monthly Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 7:15pm in the multipurpose room at the San Clemente Community Center, at the corner of Avenida del Mar and Calle Seville – next to the library. They are free and open to the public – we encourage you to participate!

Wednesday 20 September, 2017 at 7:15pm

The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is thrilled to welcome Guest Speaker Dr. Aaron Celestian, Curator of Mineral Sciences at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

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Aaron Celestian PhD

Dr. Aaron Celestian did his undergraduate degree in Geology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and both his Master’s and Ph.D. were awarded to him at Stony Brook University in New York.  While at Stony Brook, he was appointed as a Visiting Researcher at the Carnegie Institute’s Geophysical Laboratory for a year.
After his Ph.D., Dr. Celestian taught Environmental Sciences at CUNY Queen’s College, and later moved to Bowling Green, KY where he was an Associate Professor of Geology and Director of the Advanced Materials Institute at Western Kentucky University.

Now the Curator of Mineral Sciences at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Dr. Celestian is working with Earth materials and their synthetic analogues for their uses in industrial and environmental technologies. He continues his work in areas of environmental sciences that interface with the mining, oil & gas, and pharmaceutical industries where he feels he can make the biggest impact in finding new ways to advance materials science based on the natural design of minerals.

Join SOCGEMS and Dr. Celestian for an illuminated discussion about the science of mineral color, their use as pigments, and how they have been used from pre-history to the modern era.

Speakers, Field Trips, and More!

Guests and visitors are welcome at all General Assembly Meetings. Join our resident Rock Hounds on one of our monthly field trips! MARK YOUR CALENDAR here’s what’s coming up …

Andy Koch
Excursions Director

Andy Koch Excursion Director
Andy on a field trip

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