WEB EXCLUSIVE: ‘Exploring the Earth’ focus of Andrews Society Award

WEB EXCLUSIVE: ‘Exploring the Earth’ focus of Andrews Society Award


BELOIT, Wis—The loss of seven astronauts has reminded the world of the dangers that face all explorers. Less than a century has passed since Roy Chapman Andrews set out into the uncharted territories of Mongolia and the Flaming Cliffs in a series of daring and groundbreaking expeditions to find the first nest of dinosaur eggs, new species of dinosaurs and rare fossilized mammals.

On Friday, Feb. 21, a modern explorer of the earth, Michael Novacek, curator of paleontology and senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, will receive the first Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer Award. He will be honored for providing new insights into previously unknown or poorly known regions. In fact, in recent years, he has followed the footsteps of the award’s namesake, returning to the Gobi Desert and chronicling his travels in his book, Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs, published in 1996. His additional adventures as an explorer are documented in his new book, Time Traveler (2002).

The first Roy Chapman Andrews Award will be presented at a public event in Eaton Chapel on the Beloit College campus at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21. Novacek will offer his acceptance lecture, “Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs: 82 Years of Fossil Hunting in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.” A book signing will follow the talk.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on both the award and related events, please call the Roy Chapman Andrews Society at (608) 365-4838 or the Office of Public Affairs at Beloit College at (608) 363-2625.

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