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ASM Meeting

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
ASM Meeting

X-ray Analysis on Mars:

An Adventure with the Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity

Dr. Earl D. Stage and Mary E. Stage
Professor of Geosciences Earth and Environment

Franklin and Marshall College

College Ave and Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA
  Phone: 717.291.3818

to be held at   (see map at bottom)

Franklin and Marshall College:
Catering Suite, Benjamin Franklin Hall
Lancaster, PA.

216 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603 (717) 394-3749


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  5:45 anyone interested in touring the geology labs is welcome to meet outside the door of the Hackman Physical Sciences Building (meet at the door below the large building sign).
  6:00: Social begins in the Catering Suite, Benjamin Franklin Hall   
  6:30: Buffet Dinner
  7:30: Group goes next door to the Hackman Physical Sciences Building for Prof. Mertzman‚Äôs talk

Dinner: Italian buffet with Ziti with Marina sauce, Cheese Tortellini with Alfredo sauce, Caesar salad, dessert.
ASM Cost: Members & guests: $20, Retirees: $20, Students:$10

Reservations: Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Click on Reservations menu to register, or
 phone: Steve Baumann at Alcoa Mill Products   (717) 393-9641 ext:1889

X-ray Analysis on Mars:

An Adventure with the Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity

How does a geosciences faculty member at a small liberal arts college in southeastern Pennsylvania get to contribute in a meaningful way to NASA's exploration of Mars?

The correlation between mineral / rock UV-Vis-IR spectral data and the chemical composition of the materials sets the stage to determine remotely with unmanned robotic vehicles the elemental composition of planetary surface materials. The X-ray lab and I are the connection between scientists and researchers at NASA-Houston and NASA-JPL.

I plan to visually take you to Mars to bring you up-to-date with what we currently think we know about Materials on Mars, courtesy of the little rovers that have explored the Martian surface since 2004.

Members are encouraged to bring guests, young or old, for this interesting, out-of-this-world talk!

About our speaker

Professor Mertzman is currently the Earl D. Stage and Mary E. Stage Professor of Geology at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster. He has held a number of other appointments at F&M, including Department Chair and Associate Dean of the College and Dean of Research. Prof. Mertzman has co-authored several significant publications related to Mars in particular and Planetary Geology in general, including ones related to Hematite Grains in Sinus Meridiani, Mars, and the use of reflectance microscopy to identify planetary minerals. He is an expert in Geochemistry; much of his earth-bound research focuses on volcanoes in western North America. He and his lab regularly work with individuals from Armstrong World Industries, Isolatek, Inc., University of Maryland, Purdue University, the State of Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, and the Institute of Earth Science at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

Prof. Mertzman has an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Dayton, and a Ph.D. from the Case Western Reserve University; he completed Postdoctoral work at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
Take Route 30 to the Harrisburg Pike exit. Go East towards Lancaster City. Franklin & Marshall College is about 1.5 miles and several traffic lights ahead on your right.

There may be parking along Race Avenue, which is parallel to Benjamin Franklin Hall, but the recommended parking is adjacent to the athletic fields. Turn right into the campus when you are across from the Iron Hill Brewery and College Row complex.

Hackman Physical Sciences building is a short walk from the parking lot: walk south into the campus, towards the second completed building on the right. The building name is over the door that you see from the path.

To get to Benjamin Franklin Hall (site of dinner), turn right just before the Physical Sciences building, and walk to the next building.
If you park on Race Avenue, walk towards the center of the campus to access the buildings.

An interactive map and a pdf are available at the F&M website:

At our last meeting

Our January meeting featured ASM Trustee Dr. Richard Knight, FASM, who first met with the executive committee and then with the rest of the meeting attendees to discuss issues of interest to our members, our chapter, and the parent organization ASM International.

On this snowy evening at Lombardo's restaurant, Dr. Knight described the wide variety of Thermal Spray processes. He shared the historical 100+ year development of thermal spraying, demonstrating the effect of strategic and economic events on process development.

Dr. Knight's presentation was informative for those experienced in the technology as well as those unfamiliar with the field. He covered microstructural differences between thermal spray and traditional coating and other surface modification processes, as well as elaborating on the wide range of materials which can be sprayed - from low melting temperature polymers to Tungsten Carbide, and everything between.

Dr. Knight has provided slide shows for publication on our website to allow those who could not attend this month's meeting. Please view them at your leisure from the Calendar page.

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