Webb Students Draw Crowds at Annual Paleo Conference

Dr. Andrew Farke
Our students, staff, and faculty have just returned from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference, attended this year by over 1,400 paleontologists and paleontology enthusiasts from around the world, is a prestigious opportunity to share what is happening at Webb and the Alf Museum and also learn about the latest news from our field.
Some highlights:
- Cathy Yan '19 and Juliana Base '19 presented their poster on the ear anatomy of Hyaenodon, a dog-like animal that lived around 33 million years ago. Co-authored with me and Dr. Matt Borths (Duke Lemur Center), the poster was well attended. A particular highlight was a lengthy and engaging interaction with several researchers whose papers we referenced as part of the project.
- Yufei Liu '19 and Olivia Vazquez '19 presented their poster (co-authored with me) on a reconstruction of the keratinous beak in hadrosaur (duckbilled) dinosaurs. This poster drew quite a crowd at times, helped in particular by some fantastic art from Valeria Pellicer (our science illustration intern) that brought the subject to life.
- A poster presentation by a colleague from Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, Montana) focused on the skull of an extinct dog found by a Webb crew several years ago.
- Tara Lepore gave a poster presentation highlighting her master's thesis work, on a tyrannosaur coprolite (fossil feces) from Colorado. 
- Our collections manager Gabe Santos was particularly busy, on multiple fronts. He co-led a workshop on Science Through Multimedia Stories (with Sara ElShafie of UC Berkeley and former Alf Museum associate Ashley Hall, now at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History), highlighting the role of storytelling in science communication. He also was a discussion leader at the Diversity in Paleontology event, and he also was on two poster presentations. The first (co-authored with Dr. Lars Schmitz of the Claremont Colleges) talked about how students at the Claremont colleges use Alf specimens in one of their anatomy classes. The second (co-authored with Brittney Stoneburg of the Western Science Center) discussed how collaborations between small institutions can maximize their impact in the community.
- We acquired a new research fossil replica on the SVP benefit auction--the partial skull of a Parasaurolophus. This is a really nice addition to our collection, and will benefit the research program and our exhibits.
It's always neat to see our students engage with the broader research community at these meetings -- I am also grateful to be part of a community that values our students as colleagues who are making substantive contributions to building new knowledge.
A big thank you to Dr. Don Lofgren, who was responsible for our student attendees, and a big congratulations to all of our museum folks who took part in the meeting. Thank you also to everyone who supports the museum program in so many ways--this conference was a great experience for our students!
Dr. Farke is the Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research and Collections for the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. The Webb Schools is the only high school in the world with an accredited museum of paleontology on its campus. Learn more here: www.alfmuseum.org

Read More News

Alumni News

List of 4 news stories.

  • Alumni Profile: Amar Lalvani ’92

    How Amar Lalvani ’92 is making Standard Hotels “a platform for creativity."
    Read More
  • Alumni Profile: Kathleen Terris ’06

    22½ Minutes with Kathleen Terris ’06.
    Read More
  • Stuver '89 Joins Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

    John Stuver ’89 has been accepted into the sound branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has been fortunate to work on a lot of great movies, but among the highlights was getting to do the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, the first of which won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
    Read More
  • Connolly ’89 and Tung Create the Robert L. Connolly, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

    During his tenure, Robert Connolly, Sr. was a friendly and supportive presence on campus, an inspirational educator to many students, including his own son. He is remembered not only for his service inside the classroom, but as a teacher they could relate to beyond math. Bob Connolly Jr. connected to his father through athletic and academic pursuits, and now he and his wife Nancy Tung have created an endowed fund in his father’s memory. “Dad always said that of all his teaching experiences, Webb was the best experience of his career,” said Connolly Jr.
    Read More

Webb News

List of 4 news stories.

  • 2019 Alumni & Friends Peccary Trip to Barstow

    Alumni and friends are invited to join members of the Alf Museum's Board of Trustees and staff for a fun weekending searching for fossils in the Mud Hills near Barstow, Calif.
    Read More
  • Museum Hosts Book Launch for Ray Alf Biography

    Over 90 alumni, parents, trustees and friends of Webb gathered at the Alf Museum on March 1 to celebrate the release of Moment of Time: The Life of Raymond Alf and The History of The Peccary Society.
    Read More
  • Valerie Cook '09

    Sophomore Career Evening 2019

    Alumni returned to campus on February 10 to speak at the 20th Annual Sophomore Career Evening, hosted by the Alumni Council.
    Read More
  • Fall/Winter 2019

    “The process of finding the right college is more often than not riddled with anxiety for both students and their families. It is paradoxically both increasingly complex and more streamlined than ever. Technology allows students to simply add multiple colleges to the Common Application with a few clicks. And yet the convenience doesn’t reflect the intricate web of criteria that factor into applying to one college over another.”
    So opens the feature to our recent issue of WEBB Magazine. Reported and written by Christopher Michno, the piece delves into the myths and truths intertwined in the college admission process. He also offers up a series of personal success stories from recent Webb alumni now thriving at Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley and beyond. Part two follows young alumni who chose colleges related to their avocations—like art, business, engineering and others. The feature photography is done by Elisa Ferrari and focuses on the beautiful and varied architecture of the Claremont Colleges.
    Read More

Sports Blog

List of 4 news stories.

The Webb Schools Boarding Preparatory School California Private School Financial Aid Paleontology College Placement Top Academics Faculty Ph.D Community Fun