TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “What Killed The Dinosaurs, And How Do We Know?”

Saturday – November 15, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY


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What killed the dinosaurs? The question remains as fascinating as ever, conjuring fantastical images of death and destruction. Most kids these days will tell you the answer – an asteroid or comet killed the dinosaurs. But how do we know this? What are the lines of evidence that scientists have amassed over the years to convince us of what sounds like science fiction? We will discuss the different pieces of the puzzle that together paint a picture of a huge extraterrestrial impact that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs and three quarters of all other life on earth, 65 million years ago.

People interested in learning more about dinosaurs are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, November 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing jrcafe@tacny.org by November 12, 2014.

Presenters

37784_paleo_people_image1_9_originalLinda Ivany is Professor of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University. She holds a PhD from Harvard University and was a Society Fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for 3 years before moving to Syracuse in 2000. Prof. Ivany’s research is in the fields of paleontology and paleoclimatology. She works mostly on marine fossils, and often uses their chemistry to understand life history, ecology, seasonality, and environment in Earth’s ancient past. Field research has taken her to Antarctica, Australia, and the US Gulf Coast, and her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society. She has served as Member and President of the Board of Trustees for the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, and Councilor-at-Large for the Paleontological Society. She lives in Erieville, NY, on a farm with a multitude of animals.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

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