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Release: Sept. 23, 2002
UI professor to discuss a dinosaur named 'Sue' Sept. 28
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the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton yet uncovered, will
be the subject of a 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 presentation, "The Dead
Speak: Lessons from Tyrannosaur," by Christopher Brochu, assistant professor
of geoscience in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
(CLAS), in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall.
The free, public talk is part of the CLAS Saturday Scholars series. He will
also be a guest on "Iowa Talks," WSUI, AM 910, at 10 a.m. Thursday,
"My talk will be about Sue, the 'T. rex' at the Field Museum and the
work I did on Sue," Brochu says. "I'll talk about what Tyrannosaurs
are, what makes them such unusual animals, and what makes Sue such an unusual
"The public is fascinated with dinosaurs -- that's why I teach a class
called "The Age of Dinosaurs" for undergraduate non-majors here
at Iowa. And, Tyrannosaurus rex is an ambassador for science -- it gives us
a chance to do science that will be of interest to the public."
Brochu has taught at the UI since 2001, after having earned his bachelor's
degree in geology from the University of Iowa in 1989 and his master's and
doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and 1997, respectively.
From 1998 through 2000, Brochu was a postdoctoral research scientist at the
Field Museum in Chicago, where his primary duty was the completion of a monographic
description of "Sue." At Iowa, his research focuses on the evolutionary
history of fossil and living archosaurs, especially crocodiles and theropod
dinosaurs, and the comparison of molecular and fossil-based methods of estimating
divergence times between evolutionary lineages. He also teaches courses in
Future lectures in the Saturday Scholars series include:
-- Oct. 12 "Jewish Women in India: Rethinking the Middle East,"
Jael Silliman, associate
professor of women's studies
-- Oct. 26 "Just Beneath My Skin: Autobiography and Self-Discovery,"
associate professor of English
-- Nov. 9 "The Neanderthal Mystery: Who Were They and Why Did They
Disappear?" Robert Franciscus, assistant professor of anthropology
All presentations will begin at 10 a.m. in room 40 Schaeffer Hall, the southeast
building on the UI Pentacrest. Each session will last about an hour, including
a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Refreshments
will be served. Additional information is available at: http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/alumni/saturday_scholars/2002.shtml.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this
program are asked to contact the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in
advance at 335-2610.