Volume 1: January 30, 2001 through March 13, 2001
Dr. Sally Shelton
February 20, 2001

     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.

Field Trip: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
February 24, 2001

     On February 24, 2001 the ELT took a trip to the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. Each student was given a packet of questions and as students went through the different exhibits of the museum, they searched for the answers to these questions. The first exhibit that many entered was the exhibit that focused on organisms that lived during the first stages of life on earth. The little screens in the corners of each exhibition, even though they seemed for young kids to watch, turned out to help many students. These short videos helped students to understand concepts and theories about the early stages of the earth and the organisms that lived during that time. One student remarked, " I think those cartoon videos helped me the most!" The exhibit that put many of the students in awe was the exhibit on the dinosaurs. They enjoyed looking at the large sculptures and specimens in this exhibition. They were also able to study different organisms and plants that lived with these magnificent dinosaurs. The students were also exposed to many different exhibitions, including the geological exhibition. Students were able to see a wide variety of stones and rocks in this exhibition.

The National Museum of Natural History has over 124 million objects and specimens. The Museum is still gathering more specimens for preserving invaluable items, for educating the public, and for learning about the world we live in.

The main points touched upon during the field trip were:

Property: Color
Natural Rocks
To gain more information about the National Museum of Natural History, go to its official webiste.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Seminar I: Land ownership, the law, and paleontological collecting.
February 27, 2001

     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.

Field Trip: The American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
March 4, 2001

     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. David Norman
March 13, 2001

     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.

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