5 things you should know this week
January 18, 1967, Yellowknife became capital of NWT.
Speaker Series returns this week.
On Friday, January 20 the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, will be sworn in.
Canada’s national motto is A Mari usque ad Mare which translated is From Sea to Sea.
Betty White celebrated 95 years yesterday, January 17.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series is returning again for another season.
The popular series where scientists from many different backgrounds deliver lectures of interesting topics, kicks off with Dr. David Eberth’s talk entitled “Fish, Mud, Mars and Time: the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Greatest Geologic Hits in 2016.”
It was a stand-out year for geologic discoveries and advances at the Tyrrell. A study of a 63-million-year-old block from Okotoks revealed 24 garfish preserved three-dimensionally in unique, belly-up death-poses.
Meanwhile, at Dinosaur Provincial Park and in the Drumheller valley, new advances in uranium-lead isotopic dating resulted in revised geo-chronologies for Alberta’s best-known dinosaurs. The new techniques allow dating accuracy to within 30,000 years, which is extraordinarily precise for fossils that are millions of years old.
Lastly, interest in Dinosaur Provincial Park as a potential testing ground for a Mars-rover drilling and radiometric dating program resulted in a visit from NASA scientists in August.
In his presentation, Dr. Eberth will talk about the new discoveries made by the Museum in 2016 and how technological advances are helping to increase our un- derstanding of the Earth’s history, as well as the history of Mars.
Carrie Ann Lunde, head of marketing and public relations at the Tyrrell explains the current version of Speaker Series has been running since 2005, although there have been various incarnations of lecture series throughout the years.
“For example, it started out as the “Heaton Lecture Series” in honor of one of our first scientists who passed away in 1984, one year before the Museum opened its doors to the public,” she explains. “The intent of that series was to bring in very high-quality speakers speaking on currently “hot” topics. The series has always sought to provide a mixture of staff lectures (relating to current palaeontological research) and guest scientist lectures that relate in some way to palaeontology. The broader idea has been to provide opportunities for the local community to hear about current scientific activities from the source, to provide staff with a form of engagement, and to provide our scientific/ technical staff with up-to-date research activities.”
She said a broad range of patrons come out for the series. The average attendance is between 70-80, and is comprised of members of the community and beyond.
“Most of the attendees are staff and local community members, but sometimes a speaker of note or an intriguing topic will draw a university audience from the University of Calgary, Mt. Royal University, University of Alberta, and palaeontological enthusiasts and amateurs from Calgary and surrounding area,” said Lunde.
She adds that up to 22,000 have also viewed the series online.
The first of the 2017 series is this Thursday, January 19 at 11 a.m.
Dr. Dave Eberth opens the 2017 Speaker Series this Thursday with “Fish, Mud, Mars and Time: the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Greatest Geologic Hits in 2016.”