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Virginia Living Museum Naturally Speaking Series:
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Ryan Carney
Submitted by Judy Triska

VLMRyan imageNewport News, VA (May 15, 2018) – The Virginia Living Museums welcomes Dr. Ryan Carney, Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 pm for the next Naturally Speaking Series (for adults). Dr. Carney will return on Saturday, May 19 at 1pm to deliver a family friendly version of his amazing demonstration, Digital Dinosaurs: Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Dr. Ryan Carney, uses innovative technologies to study and teach about dinosaurs. A professor of digital science at the University of South Florida, Dr. Carney pioneered a course called "Digital Dinosaurs." Dr. Carney's research brings extinct creatures "back to life" by reconstructing their anatomy, motion, and even original coloration, and by visualizing them using virtual and augmented reality. With an emphasis on the iconic "missing link," Archaeopteryx, he explores one of the biggest questions in paleontology: how did dinosaurs evolve into flying birds?

Carney's work integrates digital and experimental approaches, including X-ray imaging and computer animation of exceptional fossils and living animals. His research has been published in top-tier journals such as Nature, featured in the New York Times and popular science books. Dr. Carney's diverse interests and background have been driven by a passion for the arts and sciences.

Thursday, May 17, Naturally Speaking: Digital Dinosaurs is for adults only starting at 6pm with a cash beer/wine bar followed by the speaker at 6:30pm. The talk will run for 20 minutes allowing time for questions and a 7pm wrap-up.

Saturday, May 19, Digital Dinosaurs: Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life will be presented in the Museum's main floor at 1pm and will be a family-oriented version of Dr. Carney's presentation.

The Naturally Speaking Series is sponsored by Virginia Health Services.

The after hours adult-only event May 17, is free, but  we ask that you RSVP at:

The family focused event, May 19, is included in museum admission- adults $20, children (ages 3-12) $15.

The Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I-64, exit 258A.  For more information visit  or call 757- 595-1900. You can also find the VLM on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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