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Weis Earth Science Museum Celebrates 'Earth Science Week' with Special Presentation by Noted Geologist

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The Weis Earth Science Museum (WESM), Wisconsin’s Official Mineralogical Museum, is celebrating “Earth Science Week” in grand fashion October 9 – 16. On Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Marcia Bjornerud, Chair of the Geology Department at Lawrence University, is scheduled to do a special reading from her highly acclaimed book, “Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth.” The reading is taking place within the WESM, and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Governor Doyle’s proclamation designating October 9-16 as Earth Science Week in Wisconsin will also be on display.

Reading the RocksDr. Joanne Kluessendorf, director of the WESM, said, “Marcia is a geoscientist who has written a wonderful book about the history of the earth. She’ll be joining us to read selections from the book, and will be available for book signings after the reading. And by the way, her book would make an excellent holiday gift for that someone special! ‘Earth Science Week’ promotes understanding and appreciation of the value of Earth Science research and its applications and relevance to our daily lives. We’re very fortunate to be able to have her with us for our celebration and recognition of ‘Earth Science Week’ at the Weis.”

After Dr. Bjornerud’s readings, a book signing will held in the WESM. The book is already out of print; however, a limited number of copies are being made available for this special occasion.

Enthusiastic reviewers have offered comments about her book. The Publisher’s Weekly said, “Her thematically structured chapters, reminiscent of Stephen Jay Gould's essays, are written in an expansive, erudite style ranging from science to philosophy, history and the occasional admonition against humanity's reckless remaking of the environment ‘like spoiled children.’ Booklist said, “College professor Bjornerud presents an evocative history of the earth, one that will instill an appreciation for the dynamism and comparative uniqueness of our planet.”

According to Kluessendorf, “The theme of this year’s ‘Earth Science Week’ is ‘Geoscientists Explore the Earth.’ Started in October 1998 by the American Geological Institute, ‘Earth Science Week’ has become a national and international event. Through promoting this year’s theme, the AGI hopes to educate the public as to what geoscientists do in their careers and how their work is important to society.”

“We hope that people of all ages come to the WESM to find out more about ‘Earth Science Week,’” Kluessendorf said. “Visitors to the WESM can learn all about Wisconsin geology and our state's mining history. They will also learn how earth scientists study geology, and they can learn to ‘read the rocks’ themselves.”

The Weis Earth Science Museum is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, Noon to 4:00 p.m.; Fridays from Noon to 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a nominal admission charge for the WESM.

Posted 10/6/2005