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ETSU to host 10th anniversary meeting of Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology

From Staff Reports

East Tennessee State University’s Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology will host the 10th anniversary meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology (SeAVP) from June 14-17 at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum.

SeAVP was started by ETSU paleontologists in 2008.  The annual meeting gathers together students, researchers, staff, volunteers and the public to advance paleontology in the Southeast.  While the meeting is always hosted by a southeastern institution, the conference encourages presentations on projects from around the world.

The meeting will begin Wednesday, June 14, with registration and a reception at 5 p.m.

On Thursday, June 15, the morning will begin with presentations by scientists from around the world, and the day will include behind-the-scenes tours of the Gray Fossil Site and Museum.  The meeting will continue on Friday, June 16, with more presentations and a poster session.

Friday will also feature a barbecue banquet at 6 p.m., with music provided by an old-time band from Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies in ETSU’s Department of Appalachian Studies.  Individuals expected to be in attendance include former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist, ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland, ETSU President Emeritus Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. and other university representatives.

The meeting’s keynote address will be given during the banquet by Dr. Jim Mead, retired professor and former chair of the ETSU Department of Geosciences.  Mead is now chief scientist and site director at The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

On Saturday, June 17, an optional field trip is planned to visit the Ice Age fossil site in Saltville, Virginia, where ETSU paleontologists are spending part of the summer conducting excavations.  The Saltville site, which has been known for its paleontological significance since at least the time of Thomas Jefferson, is marking its centennial of scientific research this year.

Registration for the SeAVP 10th anniversary meeting is $55.  An additional fee will apply for the optional Saltville field trip.

For registration or more information, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at 800-222-3878 or visit and click on the Gray Fossil Site and Museum picture.   For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.