Owen Lovejoy and Three Alums Headline Kent State's 2010 Celebration of Scholarship with Keynote Panel Discussion on "Ardi"
Kent State University hosts Celebration of Scholarship, an event that showcases the creative activity and exploratory nature of university scholars, on March 23 to 25. This year’s theme is “A Century of Curiosity: Local Collaborations That Have a World Impact.” The three-day event acknowledges, rewards and supports the culture of research at Kent State.
“Celebration of Scholarship is a yearly event,” says Dr. John West, vice president for research at Kent State. “We hold it really as a means of highlighting the best and brightest and the latest research that’s happening across the campus. This latest one will have a variety of offerings, ranging from poetry readings, art exhibits and music recitals to lectures on the latest discoveries in anthropology.”
The keynote panel for the 2010 event is a panel discussion featuring Kent State University Professor of Anthropology Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy to discuss Ardipithecus ramidus, or “Ardi,” the oldest fossilized hominid skeleton that Lovejoy helped unveil to the world this past October. Free and open to the public, the “Discovering Ardi” panel discussion will take place Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. “Ardi” lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. The research findings on “Ardi” change the way we think of human evolution, and it was declared the 2009 Breakthrough of the Year by Science and its publisher, AAAS, the world’s largest science society.
Lovejoy will be joined by three Kent State alumni and former students of Lovejoy who also worked on the “Ardi” project: Dr. Bruce Latimer, Case Western Reserve University professor of anthropology, anatomy and cognitive science and former director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Dr. Scott Simpson, professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and research associate at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and Dr. Linda Spurlock, biological anthropologist and director of human health at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
For a complete schedule of Celebration of Scholarship events, visit www.kent.edu/research/cos.
Since 1995, the University Research Council at Kent State has sponsored the annual Celebration of Scholarship event. To watch a video about this year’s Celebration of Scholarship, visit http://www.kent.edu/news/video/cos.cfm.