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Senior Science Society Hosts Noted Scholar

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The Senior Science Society at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley offers its April 2001 program on Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Barlow Planetarium. Henry Schwarcz, Ph.D., University Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geography, Anthropology, at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) is the featured speaker.

Dr. Schwarcz's presentation is entitled, "How Old Are We: New Methods for Dating Human Evolution." He describes himself as "geo-chemist interested in the applications of scientific methods of archaeology and anthropology." His two principal areas of research are "the dating of prehistoric sites" and the "paleodiet inferred from studies of stable isotopes and other data."

He is currently "involved in dating prehistoric sites in Egypt, Spain, and Israel, using methods of electron spin resonance (ESR) dating of tooth enamel, uranium series dating of travertine and bone, and also ESR dating of sedimentary layers from open-air sites (in southern Spain)."

These efforts, using "stable isotopes," are helping him study the paleodiets of ancient human populations in Egypt and Rome. His research in Israel is being applied to the study of various animals to help learn about the relationship between climate and human evolution.

Dr. Schwarcz earned his Ph.D. in Geology from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, in 1960. He earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B. Sc. from Caltech in Geochemistry.

He has held a number of teaching and research positions during his career, including;

  • Research Associate, the Fermi Institute of Nuclear Studies at the University of Chicago;
  • Professor of Geology, McMaster University;
  • Visiting Geological Scientist, American Geological Institute;
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Geology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge;
  • Visiting Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Earth Sciences
  • Associate Member, Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto;
  • University Professor of Geology, Emeritus, at McMaster University.

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the Geological Association of Canada, and the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Schwarcz has been extensively published and has served as an editor and council member for a number of professional publications.

His presentation is the sixth in a series of six seminars this year that showcases nationally recognized speakers with expertise in the natural sciences. The presentations are through the Senior Science Society and the Department of Continuing Education at UWFox. The Senior Science Society was established in 1998, to provide individuals in the Fox Cities over the age of 50 with opportunities to expand their knowledge and to interact intellectually with their peers.

The Senior Science Society is a membership organization. There is a fee for admission to the presentation for non-members. The UW-Fox Valley Foundation, Inc., Appleton Papers and AAL sponsor the 2000-2001 series. For more information about the Senior Science Society and Dr. Schwarcz's presentation, contact the Office of Continuing Education at UW-Fox Valley, 920-832-2636 or email cathy.paynter@uwc.edu.

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is located at 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, between S. Oneida St. on the east, S. Appleton Road on the west, and just south of Hwy. 441. There is free parking provided on the West Side of the campus.

Posted 2/14/2001