Other news and events

Interested in some of the recent research in the world of paleontology? Or looking for science activities for your students? Keep on reading!

  1. NPR Student Podcast Challenge
    Looking for a cool project for your classroom? NPR is launching the opportunity for teachers and students grades five through 12 to create their own podcast based on a subject or topic of their choice. The submission timeline is January to March, 2019, so start thinking of ideas soon! You can read more about the competition here.
  2. Upcoming events at the Burke Museum
    There are a number of awesome upcoming events at the Burke Museum, including your final chance to visit the old building before it permanently closes! Here’s a list of what’s on the calendar:–Final Free Week at the Burke: Your last chance to visit the old building (and see the Tufts-Love Rex) until the museum reopens fall 2019!
    Photo credit: Cathy Morris

    –I Dig Dinos: A great chance for young aspiring paleontologists to learn about dinosaurs in a hands-on way!
    Photo credit: Rachel Crick

    –TAKE FLIGHT: Last Night at the Museum: A New Year’s Eve party (and the last night in the old museum) that you definitely don’t want to miss!
    Image credit: Burke Museum

  3. Other happenings in paleontology:

    –Publication on Prehistoric Body Theater, an art-science collaborative project created by performance artist Ari Rudenko and DIG founder and director Dr. Greg Wilson.

    –Paper on the evolutionary history of mammalian tooth attachement, co-authored by former DIG instructor and UW graduate student Megan Whitney.

    –A paper on the osteohistology of Rapetosaurus, an interesting sauropod dinosaur, co-authored by UW graduate student Zoe Kulik.
    –Paper on the morphology of the Neanderthal thorax, co-authored by UW faculty member Dr. Patricia Kramer.

Updates from the DIG Research Community

It’s been a busy fall for members of the DIG team, Wilson Lab, and UW Paleobiology community! Read on for updates on what we’ve been up to.

  1. New paper by Brannick and Wilson
    UW graduate student and DIG instructor Alex Brannick and DIG founder and director Dr. Greg Wilson recently published a paper in the Journal of Mammalian Evolution, which sheds light on the paleoecology of early marsupial relatives. You can read the paper here. Huge congratulations to Alex and Greg!
  2. 2018 SVP Annual Meeting
    Several past and current members of the DIG team recently presented on their research at the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) meeting. Each year, the SVP annual meeting brings together paleontologists from around the world to discuss cutting edge research in the field. You can read more about the meeting and the society here, and here is a full list of those who presented (you can look up the details in the abstract book here):
    (1) Luke Weaver, (2) Megan Whitney, (3) Amanda Peng, (4) Natalie Toews, (5) Henry Fulghum, (6) Gabriel Goncavles.
  3. Promotion talk by Dr. Greg Wilson
    Dr. Greg Wilson recently gave a promotion talk for consideration to full professor in the Department of Biology at UW, entitled, “The ecological context of mammalian evolution.” You can watch a video of Greg’s talk here or by clicking the link below.

    Photo credits: Alex Brannick, UW Biology