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Annual Science Lecture in New Jersey
[Apologies if this has already been posted to this list]
Annual Science Lecture: "Dinosaurs: New Thoughts on Old Bones"
The third annual Norman J Field Lecture in Science has been
scheduled for Sunday, 13 November 1994, at 2 pm at the Monmouth County
Library, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726 (908-431-7220). The
lecture will be given by Dr. Peter Dodson of the University of
Pennsylvania on the topic of "Dinosaurs: New Thoughts on Old Bones,"
and will be free and open to the public.
Dr. Dodson is a professor of anatomy and geology at the
University of Pennsylvania. He informed his parents at age 11 that
he wanted to become a paleontologist. Since then, he has worked
extensively in dinosaur beds of western Canada and the United States,
and has received numerous awards and grants for his work. He
discovered a new horned dinosaur in 1986, and is co-editor of the
technical monograph "The Dinosauria." He is the vice president
of the Dinosaur Society. His lecture will explore questions such
as: What is a dinosaur? What color were they? Were they smart or
dumb? Warm blooded or cold blooded? Did they disappear with a
whimper or a bang? Or did they become extinct at all?
The Norman J Field Lectures in Science were established in 1991
in memory of Dr. Norman J Field, with cosponsorship by the Friends of
the Monmouth County Library Association and by the Rutgers University
Chapter of Sigma Xi. It is intended that each lecture will serve
both to educate and to stimulate discussion on a particular scientific
topic of interest to the general public.
Dr. Field was widely recognized for his contributions in the
area of public education, having served from 1957-1991 on local, county,
and state school board organizations. He was a past president of the
Friends and an active supporter of the Library for many years. He
maintained a lifelong personal and professional interest in scientific
issues, and worked as a Staff Physicist at Ft. Monmouth and as a
Lecturer in Physics at Monmouth College. It is hoped that this lecture
series will serve to promote similar interest in science and science
education among both younger and older members of the communities
served by the Library.