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IAP 2007 Activity

2007 EAPS Lecture Series: Diamonds - From Science to Sparkle
Sang-Heon (Dan) Shim
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Diamonds are a common material with uncommon value. We traditionally explore the scientific aspects of an annual theme. This year we will take a different approach and explore a topic, Diamonds, more broadly, from the relevant science, to their place in modern culture. How are diamonds used in research? Can diamond form the deep interior of a planet? What is the geology of diamonds? How do you tell a natural diamond from one grown in a laboratory? Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Vicki McKenna, 54-910, x3-3380, vsm@mit.edu
Sponsor: Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Creating Artificial Diamonds
Dean VandenBiesen V.P. of Operations, LifeGem
This presentation will include an overview of the LifeGem Created Diamond process with high resolution photography and video clips that highlight the publicís reaction to something so new. This is the first ever diamond created from the carbon extracted from human remains. This session will also discuss the ways that this product has helped to change the way people view death.
Wed Jan 10, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Identifying Gem Diamonds: Are They Real?
Dr. James Shigley Gemological Institute of America
A variety of treated and synthetic diamonds and diamond imitation materials are available in today's jewelry marketplace. This presentation will focus on how gemological researchers use a variety of non-destructive analytical techniques to study diamonds, and on some of the distinctive features of those that are treated or grown in the laboratory.
Wed Jan 17, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Natural Diamonds: Scientific Time-Capsules from the Earth's Mantle
Lawrence A. Taylor Director, Planetary Geosciences Institute, U. of Tennessee
With precious few samples from the mantle, some 80% of the volume of the Earth, our evidences for the nature of the mantle are largely indirect (e.g., seismic). Diamonds, brought to the surface by kimberlitic volcanoes, sometimes contain mineral inclusions captured and trapped long-ago and from far-away (>3 Ga, 200 mi. depth), providing tangible mineralogical evidences of the complex nature of deep mantle of the Earth.
Mon Jan 22, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Multiple Methods of Diamond Mining
Jeremy Wyeth Vice President, Victor Project; De Beers, Canada Inc.
Wed Jan 24, 12-01:00pm, 54-915

Diamonds and Kimberlite
Bruce Kjarsgaard Minerals Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
Mon Jan 29, 12-01:00pm, 54-910

Marketing Diamonds - Making Diamond Dreams Come True
Rosalind Kainyah Director, Public Affairs USA; De Beers Corp.
Wed Jan 31, 12-01:00pm, 54-915
Latest update: 12-Jan-2007

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