The University of Kansas Libraries will host Foundation Distinguished Professor Dr. Chris Beard and Post-Doctoral Researcher Pauline Coster at the October 16th installment of the Libraries Lecture Series. The series, held at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of Watson Library, highlights the breadth of interdisciplinary research and creative work found on an expansive range of topics across campus.
Beard and Coster will discuss their recent fieldwork and associated research on early Cenozoic primates and other mammals in Libya. The project resonates with the current geopolitics following the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011 and their aftermath, as well as the purely scientific issues relating to primate evolution and how climate change may have impacted early African ecosystems.
Beard is a 2000 MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award” winner, and his discoveries of new primate groups have reshaped our understanding of the early history of mammals.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
The fall 2014 series features presentations of research from eminent KU scholars in a variety of academic disciplines. Sarah Goodwin Thiel, head of KU Libraries’ Center for Community & Affiliate Initiatives, explained that the lecture series contributes to the campus culture of engaged scholarship and highlights the use of the libraries’ vast collections in internationally recognized research conducted by the KU community. “The series continues to serve as a platform to raise the profile of interdisciplinary scholarship within the university and beyond,” said Thiel.
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