Photographer, dinosaur expert featured at Ideafest

Photographer, dinosaur expert featured at Ideafest IdeaFest '99, a celebration of undergraduate research, will feature dinosaur expert John R. "Jack" Horner of Bozeman, MT, and Sam Abell, a freelance photographer of the National Geographic Society from Albemarle County, VA, during events at The University of South Dakota April 22-23.

Abell, one of America's most accomplished contemporary photographers, will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Farber Hall of Old Main on the USD campus. He will discuss, "The Photographic Life."

Horner, dinosaur expert and curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT, will address "Evolution from a Dinosaur's Perspective" at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 23 in Farber Hall of Old Main. Both talks are free and open to the general public.

The heart of Ideafest is the Student Research Showcase, which features student research papers and posters, live performances and readings of creative works. The showcase will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 23 in the Rushmore and Hoy Rooms of the Coyote Student Center.

In addition to individual student presentations, this year's showcase will feature a mock trial, "Right vs. Relationships: Implementing a Care Ethic into a Justice-Oriented World," at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22 in the Frankenfeld A&B Rooms of the Coyote Student Center. In addition, a special symposium on global warming will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 23 in the Hoy B Room of the Coyote Student Center.

A banquet honoring the student presenters will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 23 in the Rushmore Room of the Coyote Student Center. Tickets are available for $10.50 to the general public. For tickets, call the Office of Research at (9605) 677-5370.

Initiated in 1992, IdeaFest, now a USD tradition, celebrates ideas of the human capacity for thinking, questioning and creativity.

Members of URSIG (Undergraduate Research Special Interest Group) are coordinating IdeaFest '99 activities. IdeaFest '99 is co-sponsored through support from the Office of Research, Student Life, South Dakota NSF-EPSCOR, Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the USD Honors Program.

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