The Anthropology Section promotes interest and involvement in the
discipline of general anthropology, which includes archaeology, ethnology,
physical and cultural anthropology, and linguistics. The Section organizes
forums for the discussion of topics pertaining to the scientific study
of humanity, the teaching of anthropology, and the application of
anthropology to contemporary social concerns. Meetings are at various
locations within the area. Topics, times, and sites of each meeting
are announced in the R.A.S. Bulletin.
Astronomy Section brings together individuals and families devoted
to promoting and enjoying the hobby of amateur astronomy. Meetings
are held on the first Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Rochester
Institute of Technology in room A-300 of the Gosnell Science Building
(Building # 08), or during the summer at the Wolk Observatory.
The Wolk Observatory at the Marian and Max Farash Center for Observational
Astronomy, is the Section's seventeen acre site in Ionia, NY, where
members can enjoy the dark skies with their own equipment or the club's
telescopes. These include a 16" Newtonian, an 8" Scmidt-Cassegrain,
and two large Dobsonian-mounted reflecting telescopes.
Section members operate a 12.5" reflecting telescope on the
roof of the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester, from May through
October. During summer months public star parties are held at town
and country parks throughout the Rochester area.
For information about meetings, current activities, and astronomy
events, call the Astronomy Events Information Line at (585) 987-5330
or go to http://www.RochesterAstronomy.org/.
Since its inception in 1881 the Botany Section encouraged interest
and study in plants and plant communities, especially those in western
New York State. In 1972, Botany merged with the Entomology Section
to combine their mutual interests into a single section. In 2006,
the name was changed to the Life Sciences Section, to reflect a contemporary
appeal to persons interested in a broad range of topics, such as birds,
butterflies, amphibians, mammals, plants, ecology, and environmental
The Academy owns one of the finest herbariums in western New York.
Local species are its special strength. The Botany-Entomology Seftion
maintains the Herbarium and holds periodic
Field trips are scheduled throughout the year to acquaint the members
with the wild and cultivated flora and insects in the area.
Mineral Section promotes interest in the study of mineralogy and related
sciences. Founded in 1883, the Section is the oldest active mineralogical
club in the U.S.A.
Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. from
September to May, except April. Meetings are held in the Community
Meeting room of the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue. Programs
consist of presentations by professionals and amateurs, illustrated
with slides or specimens.
The section participates in an annual four-day, internationally attended
Mineral Symposium in April. It also cosponsors a two-day Mineral and
Gem Show each year. Field trips are arranged to local, northeastern,
and Canadian mineral collecting sites.
The Ornithology Section, also known as the Genesee Ornithological
Society, has disbanded and its assets reassigned to other appropriate
The Fossil Section encourages an interest in the geologic history
of western New York State through the collection, preparation, and
study of paleontological materials.
meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month from October to
June at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting room of the Brighton Town
Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue. Meetings feature presentations by paleontologists,
or professionals in related fields, and provide opportunities for
members to display, discuss, and identify their fossil finds.
Field trips to fossil collecting sites in New York State are held
between May and October. The Section is pledged to work, in cooperation
with scientific institutions, for the preservation of the geologic