January Science Cafe: Dr. Kenneth Tankersley "Mayan Volcanoes"

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Keystone Bar & Grill

313 Greenup St · Covington, KY

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The Mayan Apocalypse came and went with little fanfare, but there is still much to be learned about their ancient culture. Dr. Tankersley will share his discoveries on how volcanoes influenced the lives and agriculture of the Mayan civilization. This month, we're trying a new location -- Keystone Bar & Brill in Covington, KY! In addition to other door prizes, every person who attends this event will receive a FREE issue of Skeptical Inquirer Magazine!

Dr. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley's research focuses on archaeological geology and Quaternary science. Dr. Tankersley earned baccalaureate and masters’ degrees at the University of Cincinnati, a doctorate at Indiana University, and conducted post-doctorate research at the Quaternary Research Program, Illinois State Museum. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Earthwatch, the International Research and Exchange Program, the Court Family Foundation, the Charles Phelps Taft Foundation, and the University of Cincinnati Research Council, he has conducted archaeological investigations across the western Hemisphere and Eastern Siberia. This research has resulted in more than 120 professional publications and has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the Animal Planet, BBC Nature, NOVA, PBS, in Science, National Geographic News, Geo, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker magazine, Scientific American, Archaeology magazine, and on All Things Considered as well as local, national, and international newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs. Dr. Tankersley has been a Foreign Delegate for the National Academy of Science, a Delegate of the International Geology Congress, a Carnegie Mellon Scholar Lecturer, guest editor of Scientific American magazine, and a Gubernatorial appointed member of the Native American Heritage Commission.

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