Department of Geosciences Will Partner With Mayborn Museum For Earth Science Symposium

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The Earth Science symposium, entitled "Climate Change: Earth's Past, Present, and Future," will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Mayborn Museum Complex.
Oct. 10, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 10, 2017) — The Mayborn Museum Complex is celebrating the 20th annual Earth Science Week in collaboration with Baylor University’s department of geosciences, through Oct. 13, 2017. The museum is hosting daily activities where visitors have the opportunity to engage with Baylor geosciences professors while exploring resources and activities related to a specific focus within earth sciences.

One of the highlights of this week is the Earth Science Symposium, which is designed to educate visitors about research on past, present and future implications of climate change. The symposium, “Climate Change: Earth’s Past, Present and Future,” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. It will include lectures and a panel discussion by Baylor professors and leading colleagues in the field.

“The geosciences are critical for understanding the natural world around us and how we can address challenges and opportunities in areas such as climate change, natural disasters, mineral and energy resources, biological evolution, agriculture and outdoor recreation,” said Dan Peppe, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the graduate program in Baylor University’s department of geosciences, in a press release from Mayborn Museum.

“The activities at the Mayborn during Earth Science Week will be great opportunities to celebrate and discover more about the geosciences,” he said.

Kerry Cook, Ph.D., from the University of Texas at Austin, will present “The Science of Global Warming” from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Sarah Feakins, Ph.D., from University of Southern California will present “Wax impressions of past warm climates” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion on climate change from 2 to 4 p.m., moderated by Peppe.

For more information about Earth Science Week, visit the Mayborn Museum website.

by Joy Moton , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


Located on the Baylor University campus, the Mayborn Museum Complex features a natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas, including one on the Waco Mammoth Site, and exploration stations for geology, paleontology, archaeology, and natural history. In addition, 17 themed discovery rooms encourage hands-on learning for all ages.

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