Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is excited to present a lecture by Dr. Alex Ruzicka, Director of the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory and Professor of Geology at Portland State University, who will discuss the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory. Please join us on Thursday April 25, 2024, at 6:00 pm. This is a free event; all ages are welcome.

Coos County residents can join us in-person in the Umpqua Hall lecture room 184 on the Coos Campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

Curry County residents can join us for a watch party in the Community Room on the Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings.


About the lecture:

The Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory (CML) at Portland State University started in 2003 and now hosts one of the largest public collections of meteorites in the United States. Join CML Director and Professor Alex Ruzicka as he reviews the start and growth of the lab, its goals, and the techniques used for specimen analysis. The talk will focus on serendipitous discoveries made by students and lab personnel.

About the presenter:

Dr. Ruzicka is a Professor in the Department of Geology at Portland State University, and the Director of the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory. Dr. Ruzicka studies the origin and evolution of the solar system and the bodies within it. His research specialty is the geochemistry, petrology, and cosmochemistry of meteorites.


For those unable to attend in-person, the talk will be streamed live through Southwestern’s YouTube channel.

For more information about the lecture series contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics, at 541-888-7244, aaron.coyner@socc.edu.

For information about studying physics at Southwestern visit our Physics webpage.



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