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Join the Natural History Society of Maryland to meet other nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, and similarly inquisitive minds. We offer a wide variety of programs for the beginner to the advanced naturalist, and from informal social events to in-depth courses.

Everyone is welcome, but membership offers many free programs and discounts on others. So join us in a search for reptiles and amphibians, a canoe trip on the Chesapeake Bay, or to learn everything there is to know about Maryland dragonflies - it's up to you!

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland's natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

The Natural History Society of Maryland (NHSM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1929. Its extensive collections of Maryland flora, fauna, fossils, and minerals, dating back to the early 1800's, are a rare and valuable asset to the State of Maryland. Help us build The Maryland Naturalist Center.

Individual $25.00
Family $35.00
Contributing $65.00
Sustaining $120.00

Join Now! Follow this link to our website and become a member.

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The Natural History Society of Maryland
P.O. Box 18750
6908 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21206

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Upcoming events (4+)

NHSM Events October 11th - 21st

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10/13- National Fossil Day
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10/13- DIY Shark Tooth Necklace
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10/13- The Mysteries of Painted Turtle Stripe and Spot Color
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10/14- Slugs of Maryland: Biodiversity and Biology
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10/16- The Old Weather Project: Community Science Saturday
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10/17- Field Trip: Looking for Fossils at Stratford Cliffs
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Rewriting History: Pre-contact Peoples in Cecil County, Maryland
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10/21- The Chemistry of Gemstone with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
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Chemistry of Gemstones with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

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NHSM is celebrating National Chemistry Week in high fashion as we learn from the scientists at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) about the chemical signatures of gemstones.
Chemical analysis of gemstones is crucial to advanced gemological research. Knowing the chemical makeup of gemstones helps GIA scientists to detect gem treatments and distinguish natural stones from synthetics and imitations. Chemical analysis is conducted primarily through three advanced instruments: the Ultraviolet-Visible

spectrophotometer, the Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence spectrometer, and the Laser ablation-Inductively coupled plasma-Mass spectrometer. Tune in as GIA Senior Research Associate, Ziyin Sun, explores how chemical analysis performed through these instruments are used to solve complex problems in modern gemology.

Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.

Ziyin Sun is a GIA Senior Research Associate. His area of research includes chemical analysis of colored stones and minerals by LA-ICP-MS and ED-XRF as well as colorimetric analysis of different types of chromophores in colored stones and minerals using UV-Vis-NIR spectra.

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History of the Telescope - The James Webb Experience

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It started on October 2, 1608 when spectacle-maker Hans Lippershey filed a patent with the States General of the Netherlands for his instrument “for seeing things far away as if they were nearby”. On December 18, the most advanced telescope, the James Webb, is scheduled to launch.

In this first of a five part Speaker Series dedicated to the James Webb Telescope, Dr. Parviz Ghavamian will discuss the history of the telescope, investigating some of the innovations and changes in telescope design that helped astronomers push the frontiers of knowledge, from the phases of Venus (observed by Galileo) to the earliest galaxies forming in the early universe (to be observed by JWST).

Dr Parviz Ghavamian is an associate professor of astrophysics at Towson University. He received a BS in astrophysics at UCLA (1993) and Masters and PhD degrees at Rice University (1998, 2000). He spent 3 years working at the Space Telescope Science Institute where he was an observatory scientist for the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope. He’s been at Towson Since 2011. His area of interest is in high energy astrophysics, where he studies supernova explosions and the physics of interstellar shock waves.

NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY OF MARYLAND (NHSM) has joined almost 500 sites across the country to celebrate the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s next great space science observatory. NHSM will offer a range of public programs beginning October 28 and running through December to bring the excitement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to anyone whose favorite words are why, how, and what.

Webb is the largest and most complex space science telescope ever built – the premier observatory of the next decade. This international mission, led by NASA in partnership with the European and Canadian space agencies, will launch in December 2021.

The observatory will provide a new view of the cosmos and push the field of astronomy into a new era. The telescope will observe the universe in the infrared, peering inside dust clouds to study light from distant parts of the universe for the very first time – the first galaxies that formed about 13.5 billion years ago – and give us insight into how our universe formed. It will also explore distant worlds in other solar systems, as well as objects in our own solar system. Webb will extend the scientific discoveries of other NASA missions like the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

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