Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
The Dinosaur Research Institute's annual fundraising dinner will be held on November 7, 2009 at 6PM at the Earl Grey Golf Club in Calgary. Tickets are $150 per person with tax receipts available for a large portion of the ticket cost. The funds raised go towards dinosaur research based in Alberta or for researchers from Alberta to conduct research outside of the province (such as visiting distant museums, etc.).
The Dinosaur Research Institute also maintains the Rene Vandervelde grant, which provides funds for Alberta-based dinosaur researchers to present at conferences as well as the Darren Tanke Neoceratopsian Scholarship which provides funds for ceratopsian workers to visit distant museums, present at conferences, etc.
During the dinner, several presentations from past recipients will occur and a paleontology student from Alberta will be present at each table. A silent auction will be held after the dinner with numerous interesting items available.
For more information, visit www.dinosaurresearch.com. Hope to see you there!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Next year SVP is in Pittsburgh, which I'm sure won't be quite as scenic, but should still be a good time. Lookin' forward to it!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Barnum Brown floating down the Red Deer River in Alberta to prospect and collect dinosaurs, Darren Tanke and I will be re-enacting this event during the summer of 2010. We've started a new blog that will keep everyone apprised of the status of the trip. It's called "Dinosaur Hunting by boat in 2010: Alberta, Canada" and can be found at http://2010dinohuntingbyboat.blogspot.com/. We are planning to use this blog before, during and after the trip to post pictures, discuss plans and just generally let everyone know how things are going. It's going to be a fun and educational trip and I hope that everyone will join us on the blog. We are open to discussion and hope that you will feel free to ask any questions that you may have.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I have to say I'm a bit annoyed at SVP at the moment. I recently read an email from SVP President Blair Van Valkenburg that states they couldn't find a room big enough to hold all of us, so they are going to change the awards banquet to a simple ceremony. While I'm really looking forward to the conference, the fact that we don't get an awards banquet this year is kind of annoying. I understand that the economy is in the crapper, but I find it hard to believe that the university doesn't have a room large enough to hold us all. Where do they hold their graduation ceremonies?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Anyway, the turtle plate turned out to be a Chelydrid hypoplastron which Dr. Don Brinkman (of the Royal Tyrrell Museum and my co-supervisor) seemed pleased with.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
It'll be available in June through the University of Calgary Press (www.uofcpress.com) for $34.95 CDN. It is 400 pages long with over 800 color and black and white illustrations.
Congratulations to Kevin for a job well done!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
It's $30 (Canadian) for non-APS members with $15 shipping and handling. See their website for more information: http://www.albertapaleo.org.
I'm happy to have my copy and am positive that you'll enjoy it too.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
While the symposium highlights fossil mammals, they invite talks, posters and displays showcasing all aspects of paleontology.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 10, 2009.
Registrations for the full symposium is $100 for professional paleontologists and non-BCPA attendees, $80 for BCPS members and $60 for students.
For more information, please see their website at www.bcfossils.ca.
As an aside - unfortunately, this symposium overlaps the Frenchman Formation Conference which is being held in Eastend, Saskatchewan from May 17-20. See below for more details on that conference.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Just a reminder that the deadline for early registration for the Frenchman Formation Terrestrial Ecosystem Conference is March 1, 2009. On or before March 1, the prices for registration are: $100 for students, $125 for non-students. After March 1, the price is $150 for all registrants. For information on registering, go to dinocountry.com and scroll down to the bottom and look for the T.rex Centre - below is the link. Hope to see everyone there!
BTW - does anyone even look at this blog?! Just curious... ; )
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Friday Feb. 27 11AM Tai Kubo (Royal Tyrrell Museum) "Evolution of limb posture in archosaurs"
Sat. March 7 2PM Alwynne Beaudoin (Royal Alberta Museum) "Charles Darwin"
Sat. March 14 2PM Don Prothero (Occidental College, California) "Evolution: What the fossils say and why it matters"
Sat. March 21 2PM Dave Eberth (Royal Tyrrell Museum) "Evolution, creationism, and the quixotic nature of 'truth'"
Sat. April 4 2PM Paul Brinkman (North Caroline Museum) "Darwin's use of vertebrate fossil evidence to develop natural selection model"
Wed. April 8 11AM Gerald Smith (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) "Tectonic causes of fish species diversity patterns"
Sat. April 18 2PM David Weishampel (Johns Hopkins Univ., Maryland) "What about the dinosaurs, Charles Darwin?"
Sat. April 25 2PM Ted Daeschler (Academy of Natural Sciences, Pennsylvania) "Tiktaalik and the fish-tetrapod transition"
Sat. May 16 2PM Judith Scotchmoor (University College of Berkeley, California) "Supporting the teaching of evolution: A multi-faceted approach"
Hope you can attend!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Jay Ingram, host of Discovery Canada's Daily Planet and author is keynote speaker for:
"Darwin, Natural Selection and SEX: 150 years of getting it on."
Description of talk: Everyone knows that Charles Darwin transformed our sense of what it means to be human by showing that we evolved from non-human ancestors. But most
don't realize how far-reaching his ideas are. Much of modern dating and mating behaviour - from pick-up lines in a singles bar to long-term mate selection - can be shown to be the result of unconscious drives shaped by tens of thousands of years of evolution."
With special musical guests and an introduction from Darwin himself!
Mount Royal College, 4815 Mount Royal Gate SW
Ross Glenn Hall
Calgary/AB T3E 6K6 CANADA
Sponsor: Mount Royal College
Contact: Dr. Trevor Day
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I've been to airports in California and Washington, but I don't really think that airports should count, so I've left them out. I was born in Georgia and only lived there for the first 9 months of my life, but that counts, right? : )
My international map is pathetic. Other than North America I've only been to South Korea. I'm looking forward to adding England to it this September while at SVP.
Now it's your turn. http://douweosinga.com/projects/visited?region=usa