College of Science Lecture Series – 'Gems and Planetary Evolution'
In the 17th annual College of Science Lecture Series, our distinguished faculty will lead the audience on a journey through Minerals, the building blocks of the solar system, earth, and civilization.
Live from Centennial Hall, explore the origins of minerals, the stories they tell, and the future of critical minerals in society. We will lay the foundations for understanding minerals all around us – from the origins of mankind to their vital function in our daily lives.
March 17 – "Gems and Planetary Evolution"
Ananya Mallik, Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences
Gems are revered throughout history for their natural beauty. They also serve as a time machine for our planet. In this talk, Mallik will discuss how diamonds, jades and rubies are studied to better understand the evolution of Earth, and how minerals can serve as an X-ray of the planet's inner layers.