Did you know that crocodiles used to eat dinosaurs? A 40-foot long crocodile, a Stone Age cemetery and Africa’s Dinosaur Giants were all discovered by Dr. Paul Sereno. Sereno, a paleontologist will be the keynote speaker at the 35th annual Brossman Foundation and Ronald E. Frisbie Sr. Science Lectureship Program at Millersville University.
Senero’s mission statement is “to make major and lasting discoveries in the history of life on Earth and to bring the excitement of scientific discovery and exploration to a wide audience, especially youth who may have not considered science as a career.”
The program features all day events including a competitive examination for high school sophomore and junior science, mathematics and technology students; laboratory demonstrations and an afternoon presentation for select elementary, middle and high school students. The competition aspect of the event allows students interested in science to compete and share their work. Students from Millersville’s science programs will be presenting through the day. This includes students from the Student Chapter of the American Chemistry Society.
A highlight of the evening will be a presentation by Sereno focusing on his many explorations.
With field exploits beginning in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina, Senero has led expeditions that have explored the Sahara and Gobi Deserts, India’s Thar Desert and the remote valleys in Tibet. Known for discovering the earliest dinosaurs, Senero has unveiled a collection of dinosaurs and crocodiles, including a 40-foot-long SuperCroc. Senero holds honors such as being named Teacher of the Year by the “Chicago Tribune” and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring presented by President Barack Obama.
For 35 years the Ronald E. Frisbie Sr. Science Lectureship Program has encouraged students to seek careers in the mathematics and science fields by bringing in a major scientist who is recognized at a national or international level for their scholarly contributions.
Dr. Lyman Rickard, chair of the program committee, said, “The lectureship is important for Millersville’s campus because it not only brings in a scientist for students to meet but it brings in students of all ages from the community to learn more.”
The keynote, “Hunting Dinosaurs in the Sahara” is set for Oct. 24, 2019 inside the Winter Visual & Performing Arts Center at Millersville University (MU) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the program are free and can be reserved at the ticket office inside the Student Memorial Center (SMC), online at muticketsonline.com or over at the phone at (717) 871-7600. For more information contact the College of Science and Technology at (717)-871-4292.