The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

May, 2015

The Magnificent Crawfordsville 

Our program this month will be presented by Professor William W. Morgan. Professor Morgan’s talk will be entitled, “Crawfordsville, Indiana Crinoids.” You’ve seen these crinoids at museums and Geofair. They are among the most beautiful and well preserved crinoids in the world. Be sure to attend the meeting and hear about them from an expert.

 Dr. Morgan has been an amateur paleontologist for over thirty years and is now pursuing his avocation nearly full time. He is the author of a book entitled “Collector’s Guide to Crawfordsville Crinoids” published by Schiffer Publishing in June of 2014. Hopefully, Dr, Morgan will bring some copies along with him for purchase. He has written a second book entitled “Collector’s Guide to Texas Cretaceous Echinoids” that has been submitted for publication in 2015-2016.

William W. Morgan holds a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Physiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. For forty years he was a neuroscientist and a teacher on the faculty of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. From 1981 until his retirement in 2011, he held the rank of Professor at that institution. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications related to brain neurochemistry and Parkinson’s disease. He also taught microanatomy, neuroanatomy, and biostatistics to medical and graduate students in the biomedical sciences and is the recipient of several teaching awards, including Master Teacher. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus at that institution. Following retirement, he and his wife Joy reside in Crossville, Tennessee.

 

TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, May 22, 2015
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building) 
University of Cincinnati Campus
Click here for directions to the meeting room
Click here to see photos of previous meetings.and more info on our meetings.


Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner’s Class meets at 7:15 PM Friday, May 22, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room. The class will be an introduction to fossil hunting basics, for newbies. Topics will include what gear to bring, how to hunt, what you can expect to find and how to collect. We’ll review our common Ordovician sea life and how to ID them. Slide shows, photos, video clips, stories and fossil specimens will all be used to demonstrate techniques.


May Field Trip –A Challenging But Interesting Site
By Bob Bross

Some of our field trip locations are “fan favorites,” that we know and love. Others are not visited as often but are somewhat familiar to us. Then, there are those places which have been researched by professionals and amateurs alike, and have been well documented.

Our May field trip will be to a road cut in Indiana. It is an exposure of the middle Kope, entire Fairview, and some of the Bellevue formations. The nice thing about this site is that you can find almost any type of Ordovician fossil – knowing exactly where to look is the key!

The site has a combination of lower (and easily accessible) places, as well as more challenging spots. Some of the parking is relatively flat, while other spots have embedded rocks to reduce erosion; you can get vehicles there, but it is a bit bumpy. We will help direct people to the best spots based upon car type and age of attendees.

Directions are published in the full Bulletin that is mailed and Emailed to members.  However, this field trip is open to non-members as well. So if you'd like to join us, email Bill Heimbrock at billheim@cinci.rr.com. If you'd like to become a member, print and mail your dues with the application form.

Field trips are rain or shine. See you there!


Penn Dixie weekend 2015 One Month Away!
By Bob Bross

The Penn Dixie Weekend email list has 27 entries so far (and counting), which represents over 50 people! Bulletin #4 is now out (and includes all information from previous bulletins). At this point, if you haven’t already started the process of obtaining a U.S. Passport, you will not likely have one before the trip; however, that only applies to the Ridgemount Quarry trip into Ontario on Friday. You do not need a passport for Penn Dixie, and in fact can dig there all weekend!

It’s still not too late to sign up; if you have not yet signed up to be on the distribution list, please contact Bob Bross (Field Trip Chair) at w8nfm@arrl.net. As a reminder to all: being on the list does not commit you to the trip, and there is no up-front cost for you to sign up. Each person is responsible for his/her own transportation, lodging, and meals; signing up means you will have the latest info on weekend details, important contact information, sightseeing in the area, etc.

Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th. Friday focuses on Ridgemount Quarry in Canada (or optional digging at Penn Dixie). Saturday at Penn Dixie in Hamburg NY, an amateur radio station set up on site that afternoon, and Astronomy Night Saturday evening. Sunday will continue digging at Penn Dixie. This is rain or shine; from past experience, if it does rain, the site itself dries very quickly (in just a few hours).



Fossil Fest 2015
by Jack Kallmeyer

I know it’s May but it’s not too soon to mark the date of Fossil Fest 2015 on your calendars. This year’s event will be on Saturday October 17. We hope to see the Dry Dredgers out in force again this year.

You may recall from last year’s events that Fossil Fest is the culmination of a series of events surrounding National Fossil Day (NFD). National Fossil Day itself is October 14th. As we get closer to the event more detail will be forthcoming about additional local activities. For more information about National Fossil Day, please visit the website: http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/index.cfm.

The 2015 NFD logo features the chalicothere, a large herbivorous mammal, standing in a prehistoric prairie grassland. To compliment this year’s logo, the theme of the Monthly Feature Article is Cenozoic Era Life and Landscapes. For more information about this year’s logo and Monthly Features, please visit the 2015 Artwork page at: http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/nfd_2015_ar twork_fossils.cfm.

 The 2015 NFD Art and Photo Contest theme is Postcards from the Past. To read more about this year’s theme and for full entry guidelines and downloadable forms, you can check out the contest webpage at : http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/art_contest.c fm.

 


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