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Who killed the dinosaurs?

Nov. 5, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A noted author and scientist will talk about the demise of the dinosaurs at an upcoming lecture sponsored by Western Michigan University's Visiting Scholars Program and its Theta chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Dr. James Trefil, professor of physics at George Mason University, will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12 and 13. Trefil will present a free public lecture on "Who Killed The Dinosaurs?" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall.

Trefil, whose research interests are in scientific literacy, has written extensively about science for general audiences.

He serves as a contributing editor for USA Today Weekend, and is published regularly in Smithsonian and Astronomy magazines. Trefil also is a member of National Public Radio's Science Advisory Board and a commentator for NPR as well as numerous Public Broadcasting Service productions.

He has served on the Content Review Board for the National Science Education Standards and has written, edited and contributed to more than 25 books. His textbook, "The Sciences: An Integrated Approach," has been widely adopted in school.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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