Zakrzewski to deliver presentation at annual Honors Convocation

Dr. Richard Zakrzewski, professor of geosciences and chief curator of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, will present "Restoring Vanished Worlds: Of Men and Mice" at the annual Honors Convocation from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Memorial Union's Stouffer Lounge on the FHSU campus.

Zakrzewski (pronounced zahkSHEVski), the 2006 President's Distinguished Scholar, will accept a monetary award at the event. Students and faculty who have exhibited scholarly activity over the past year will also be recognized.

Zakrzewski's presentation centers on an archeological site near Meade. He is part of a team of scientists from all over the world who have been researching at the site to understand the evolution of rodent communities and changes in climate over a 5-million-year span.

"We look at fossils -- and the sediments they're in -- to figure out what the world looked like 5 million years ago as compared to now," said Zakrzewski. "Then we try to restore the vanishing worlds."

The presentation will explain how the scientists obtain their specimens and reveal recent developments at the Meade site. Zakrzewski will also highlight his contributions to the project.

For more information, contact Lisa Karlin, assistant to the president, at (785) 628-4232 or

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