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January 09, 2014

Special Evening on Fossils and the Future of the Pacific Northwest with Dr. Kirk Johnson

“The Real Seattle Underground: Rocks, Fossils, and the Future of the Pacific Northwest”
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7 pm
FREE FOR ALL; Pre-registration recommended at burkemuseum.org/events
Meany Hall, UW Campus

Seattle - Seattle rocks! Literally. Uncover Seattle’s curious geology, elusive fossils, and what recent discoveries mean for the future of our region during a special talk with paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and Seattle native.

Inspired by fossils and other specimens from the Burke Museum’s collections, Dr. Johnson will shed light on the unique role of natural history museums, how they help to solve the mysteries of the deep past, and how they are increasingly changing the way we look at the future.

The Burke Museum is now a Smithsonian Affiliate! Learn more about the museum’s partnership with the Smithsonian Institution on January 31 at UW’s Meany Hall.

About Kirk Johnson:

A Seattle native, Kirk Johnson first became interested in fossils at the age of 6. When he was 12, he met experts at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture who showed him the inner workings of the museum and inspired him to become a paleontologist. After receiving a PhD in geology and paleobotany from Yale University, he spent much of his career at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where he led expeditions around the world that led to the discovery of more than 1400 fossil sites. In 2012, he became the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the most-visited natural history museum in the world.

"Once you see what science is, then there’s no stopping you,” he said. “If you hold onto your childhood curiosity, then every day is amazing."

For high resolution photos, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum and a Smithsonian Affiliate.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

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This giant ground sloth from the Burke Museum’s collection was discovered during construction at the SeaTac Airport in 1961.
Photo courtesy of the Burke Museum.
Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Photo by Forrest Gibson.