Amherst Association of Oregon
Invites you to a reception and discussion on
"Crabs, Walrus, and the Future of Museums"
Kirk Johnson '82
Director of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Friday, February 8, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres, Cash Bar and Discussion
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 Southwest Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97205
Hosted by Karin Immergut '82 and Jennifer and Blaine Werner '77, P'15, P'16
R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Kirk Johnson'82 has recently been named Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He is a paleontologist who spent most of his career (1991-2012) at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where he led expeditions that resulted in the discovery of more than 1,400 fossil sites on all continents. His research focuses on fossil plants, the extinction of the dinosaurs, and methods for dating rocks and fossils. He is known for his scientific books and articles, popular books, museum exhibits, collaborations with artists, and his accessible public speaking style. In 2010-11, he led the Snowmastodon Project, the excavation of an amazing ice age site discovered by construction workers in Snowmass Village on October 14, 2010. This dig was featured in the Nova documentary, Ice Age Death Trap, and in the book, Digging Snowmastodon, Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies. Kirk is presently in Oregon collaborating with Alaskan artist Ray Troll on a book about the fossils of the West Coast from San Diego to northern Alaska.
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