Macalester Today Summer 2010

kristi curry rogersDinosaur Dough

Kristi Curry Rogers, dinosaur expert and associate professor of biology and geology, has been awarded a five-year $571,000 CAREE R grant from the National Science Foundation.

Rogers will use the grant to support her work on reconstructing the life histories of dinosaurs through detailed analyses of their bones, as well as to enhance her teaching and public education efforts.

She got interested in dinosaurs at age 6, Curry Rogers told Macalester Today (Winter 2009), when she read about the work of Jack Horner in an issue of Weekly Reader. After working at the Science Museum of Minnesota as a curator, she was hired by Macalester in the fall of 2008.

“Early on, paleontology was mostly about digging up bones because there was so little to go on. Now it’s about looking deeply at the big story of evolution, of how dinosaurs lived and interacted,” she says. “Everything that’s a fossil is part of this context of the evolutionary history of life.”

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty. It’s given to those who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of their organization’s mission. Only one other Macalester faculty member has ever received this award: Former physics and astronomy professor Kim Venn received one in 2000.