Dr. Shelton gave a lecture entitled, "The Land and the Law in Field Work."
On February 20, 2001, we had the oppurtunity to learn about the difficulty of obtaining fossils
to further their research due to restrictions of property rights and other laws regarding the
retrieval of fossils. Dr. Shelton also spoke about the value of fossils from a scientific point
of view. Overall, it was an informative lecture and made us aware of the daily obstacles that
researchers face in order to gain more knowledge.
On February 27 a group of ELT students conducted a seminar for the rest of the class. Josh Pilachowshi, Brandon Lebow, Chris Lombardo, David Gordon and Serban Padencov discussed the laws and regulations concerning fossils. They led a group discussion involving various scenerios to provoke thought about and re-enforce the topics covered by Dr. Sally Sheldon the previous week. All in all Seminar 1was very informative and it was a nice break to hear from our own class mates for a change.
On March 4, 2001, in the very early morning hours, ELT'ers began their trek to the National History Museum in New York. The three hour bus ride there was mostly just a blur as everyone quickly went back to sleep. After arriving at the museum we toured various exhibits focusing on the geological processes, the universe and of course the dinosaurs. We also had the opportunity to see a show at their famous planetarium, which was impressive to say the least. The day had to be cut short, as snow storms threatened to leave us stranded in New York and everyone returned back safely to College Park, Maryland. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and educational day in the big apple.
Dr. Norman gave a lecture discussing the interpretation of fossil specimens. He gave a brief history of the ways fossils had been previously interpreted by people such as Darwin. It was an honor to have a distinguished scholar come from such a long distance to discuss with our ELT class. The majority of the class was very appreciative of his willingness to come and teach us.