Fall 2019 Events

A hand holding a piece of gold

Fall for Gold: New Adventures in an Ancient Resource

Wednesday, September 4 | 7:00 pm
Hamilton Campus, Harry T. Wilks Conference Center
1601 University Blvd. Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Dr. Mark Krekeler, associate professor of geology at Miami University, will talk about the science and technology of gold in the 21st century and his student-focused research on the topic. Learn why gold is valuable, where it occurs in nature, and why it is hard to obtain.

Free event. RSVP is encouraged


Dr. Tammie Gerke

National Park Talks Series 

Wednesdays | 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Middletown Campus, Gardner-Harvey Library
4200 N. University Blvd. Middletown, Ohio 45042

Dr. Tammie L. Gerke, associate teaching professor in geology at Miami University will share the geology and other interesting information about each national park. Get your questions answered and participate in a lively discussion on these national treasures.

Free Event. No RSVP. 

Arches, Bryce, and Canyonlands
September 18

Great Sand Dunes
October 16

Mammoth Cave & Carlsbad Caverns
November 20 


A purple laser

High Power Lasers and Plasmas
Applications to Energy, Medicine, and Big Data

Tuesday, November 19 | 7:00 pm
Hamilton Campus, Harry T. Wilks Conference Center
1601 University Blvd. Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Dr. Joseph Snyder, assistant professor of physics at Miami University, will talk about current and future technologies arising from recent advancements in high-power lasers interacting with plasmas. Learn how research in this field is looking to address wide-ranging issues fro renewable energy to cancer treatment, and hear what skills students ca expect to develop as a result of participating in this research.

Free event. RSVP is encouraged.


A picture of fossils in the dirt.

Off-Campus Fossil Hunting

Wednesday, November 27 | 10:00 am
Route 1 near St. Leon, IN.

Miami Middletown’s Geology Club & Dr. Tammie L. Gerke will do a short presentation on the fossils of the region and explain why we are known as one of the best locations for Upper Ordovician fossil preservation in the world. Learn key tips to find these fossils at the outcrop and MUM Geology Club members or Dr. Gerke will help you identify what you find. Best of all, you may keep all the fossils you collect!

RSVP no later than November 22