Science Seminar: Mineralogy at NOVA

All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to a Science Seminar Friday, February 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Forum on the Annandale Campus. “From Meters to Microns: Mineralogy at NOVA – Unique Perspective in the Study of Virginia Geology” will be presented by Geology Professor Shelley Jaye. Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the speaker will be from 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the CE Forum.

NOVA’s Geology Program offers a fully transferable, university level course in the study of minerals. Unique student learning opportunities through research collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), including volunteer and paid internship assignments, allow students to learn skills and techniques that both prepare them for employment and for advanced coursework at a four year university. One of the unique opportunities for NOVA mineralogy students involves contributing to the research being done on the Impact Structure and VA Coastal Plain geology.

The research includes the investigation of rock core drilled in the Virginia Coastal Plain beneath the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure. A section of this 625 million year old rock is on loan to NOVA-Annandale for student investigation. USGS has about 1,200 feet of core available; NOVA has worked with only about 40 feet of core so far, in two core boxes at a time for analysis. The loan is for one semester. NOVA then returns the core to the USGS and receives two new boxes on loan. Results from this student effort have been presented at national, regional, state and local meetings of the geological community. New opportunities are on the horizon with the recent acquisition of a scanning electron microscope on the Annandale Campus.

Jaye is a full-time geology instructor at NOVA since 2011. She studied geology at Wayne State University in downtown Detroit conducting her research on rocks related to the Appalachians, but located in the Norwegian Arctic. She worked for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency for 14 years before pursuing a second career as an educator, first in Loudoun County Public Schools and then at both Tidewater and Thomas Nelson community colleges.

The event is presented by the Science Seminar Committee; Math, Science and Engineering Division; and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus.

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