Thursday, March 10, 2005

Dr. Philip Currie Joins the University of Alberta

Dr. Phil Currie Time Magazine PhotoCongratulations goes out to our good friend, Dr. Philip Currie, one of the world's leading Palaeontologists. Starting October 1, Dr. Currie will become a professor with the University of Alberta's Palaeontology program, here in Edmonton.

Along with his many accolades, Currie was recently chosen as one of three Canadians to receive the 2004 Michael Smith Award for outstanding achievement in the promotion of science in Canada. The award was presented by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada on November 22 of 2004.

While this is great news for the University of Alberta and Edmonton, it is sad news for the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. The world-class museum and research institute loses not only another world-renowned expert, but also an engaging representative of the facility.

We wish Dr. Currie the best of luck in his new role!

You can read the story in the Edmonton Journal here.

Photo courtesy of Time Magazine.

Update: CBC also has a report on Currie's new position and how it could lead to more dinosaur finds. You can read more at this link.

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