Saturday, November 19, 2011 ~ 9:30a.m. - 11:00a.m., Bristol Omnitheater
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), Armory Square Syracuse, NY
Speaker: Richard A. Kissel, PhD, is a vertebrate paleontologist and Director of Teacher Programs at the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York.
Talk Overview: For more than 200 years, the dusty bones of meat-eating dinosaurs have captured the imagination of young and old! Their dagger-like teeth and grotesque frames frighten and inspire. Perfectly evolved, they stalked their prey across every continent for 150 million years, diversifying into a host of forms. Meet the many members of this rich clan, explore their lives and behaviors, and discover how one lineage evolved into one of today’s most common sights: birds.
Biography: Dr. Richard Kissel is a vertebrate paleontologist and the Director of Teacher Programs at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth. From the forests of Germany to the deserts of Texas, he has traveled the world in his studies of ancient amphibians, dinosaurs and other reptiles, and the ancient relatives of mammals. Richard’s interest in prehistoric life began at an early age; the remains of tree ferns and other 300-million-year-old fossils—found deep within the coalmines near his childhood home—fueled his imagination. In addition to his research, Richard has authored popular articles and children’s books on paleontology and the nature of science, and he is a featured online scientist at NOVA’s scienceNOW. From 2003-2008, Richard worked at The Field Museum in Chicago as a developer and the primary scientific advisor for Evolving Planet, the Museum’s 27,000-square-foot exhibition on the history of life on Earth. Richard holds a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, an MS in Geosciences, and a BS in Geology. In addition to his role at PRI, Richard currently teaches courses at Cornell University and Ithaca College. He is also a scientific illustrator and cartoonist that creates on a nightly basis!
About the Technology Alliance of Central New York (“TACNY”):
Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the Technology Alliance of Central New York enhances and facilitates the development, growth and advancement of education, awareness and historical appreciation of technology within the Central New York Community. Through its programs and support efforts, TACNY seeks to further serve members, as well as educational groups and institutions with similar missions, and be the key link among technical societies in Central New York.
TACNY Jr. Café Scientifique, founded in 2005, is free, held most 3rd Saturdays, from September to June from 9:30a.m. - 11:00a.m. at the MOST. Participants must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the museum at no cost at the program conclusion.
Reservations are appreciated but not required two days prior to event:
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