Oceans of Kansas named one of Scientific American's top 50 Science/Technology Web Award winners

Oceans of Kansas, Web site of Mike Everhart, adjunct curator of paleontology for Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, has been selected by ScientificAmerican.com, the online arm of Scientific American magazine, as one of the 50 most valuable scientific sites on the Web.

Everhart's site is devoted to life in the Western Interior Sea, which covered the Great Plains a hundred million years ago.

ScientificAmerican.com praises the site's vast, frequently updated content.

"The Sci/Tech Web Awards recognize science and technology sites that are creatively informative, interesting and fun," said Mina Lux, managing director of ScientificAmerican.com in a news release announcing the awards.

"I think it's really great," said Everhart. "It was a great surprise to me, and a very pleasant surprise. I didn't even know it had been nominated."

Everhart started Oceans of Kansas in 1996, the same year that Scientific American established its Web entity ScientificAmerican.com.

The 50 Sci/Tech Web Award winners, selected from more than a thousand, recognize the top five sites in each of 10 categories. Oceans of Kansas is in the Anthropology and Paleontology category. The others are Astronomy and Astrophysics; Biology; Chemistry; Earth and Environment; Engineering Technology; Great Minds; Mathematics; Medicine; and Physics.

Scientific American magazine has covered major scientific and technological discoveries and innovations more than 155 years. ScientificAmerican.com can be found on the Web at www.sciam.com.

Oceans of Kansas' Web address is www.oceansofkansas.com. Everhart can be contacted through e-mail, mike@oceansofkansas.com, or by phone at (316) 788-1354.

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