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Robert Finkelman Presents First Annual Rieveschl Geo Lecture

The University of Cincinnati Geology Department has invited Robert B. Finkelman, of the U.S. Geological Survey, to present the first Annual Rieveschl Geo Lecture. The George Rieveschl Jr. Geo Lecture Series will present interdisciplinary lectures for the physical and life sciences on earth processes and their consequences for humanity.

Date: 4/5/2005 12:00:00 AM
By: Wendy Beckman
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos By: USGS, Dottie Stover

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Robert B. Finkelman.
Robert B. Finkelman, U.S. Geological Survey

Robert Finkelman is a senior research scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. He has degrees in geology, geochemistry and chemistry. Finkelman is the author of more than 500 publications and has been invited to speak in more than 30 countries. He also holds adjunct professorships at five universities.


George Rieveschl earned three degrees at the University of Cincinnati: A.B. (1937), M.S. (1939) and Ph.D. (1940). He was named to the International Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in 1995. Rieveschl is perhaps best known outside of UC for being the inventor of Benadryl, the first antihistamine. Within UC’s walls, however, he is known also as a strong supporter of the sciences, especially geology.

George Rieveschl shares a laugh with Doug Schwabach at the 175th birthday celebration for the College of Applied Science.
George Rieveschl shares a laugh with Doug Schwabach at the 175th birthday celebration for the College of Applied Science.

The Rieveschl Lectures will focus on geological sciences + "X." Each year, the Rieveschl lecturer will present one general talk that will be open to the public, as well as two separate talks for each of the specialties: geology and the "X." This year, the "X" is medicine. Finkelman will present “Medical Geology: The Experience of a Long-Time Practitioner” at the Department of Environmentental Health on April 12. “Minerals and Health” will be presented for the Department of Geology.

Geology affects our food and health both for both good and ill. Every day we eat, drink and breathe minerals and trace elements. For most of us, this interaction with natural materials is harmless, supplying us with some essential nutrients. However, for others, the interaction with the minerals and trace elements can have devastating effects. Understanding the many possibilities requires interdisciplinary specialists from the earth science, medical, public health and environmental professions. Finkelman will summarize global activity in the growing field of medical geology and will discuss interconnections with geology from the present world to as far back as 10,000 years ago.

To hear about the endless possibilities at the intersection of geology and medicine, go hear Robert Finkelman’s explanation at the Inaugural Annual Rieveschl Geo Lecture, “Medical Geology: A 10,000 Year Opportunity.” The lecture, at the UC Faculty Club on Monday, April 11, at 3:45 p.m., is free and open to the public.

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