Noted paleontologist Paul Sereno to share adventures during talk at Oklahoma City University

Paul Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago and founder of the science education nonprofit Project Exploration, will speak at Oklahoma City University on Sunday.
by Silas Allen Published: March 1, 2013
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Many students and parents think if they haven't taken the right courses and done well enough on tests by the end of junior high or high school, a career in science is off limits. But that isn't the case, he said.

“I'm a living example of it,” he said.

Education advocate

The national high school graduation rate stood at 78.2 percent in 2010, up from 71.7 percent in 2001, according to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University.

The fact that nearly one high school student in four doesn't graduate is worrisome, Sereno said, and it points to a need for improvement in the way we educate students. Graduating students and building interest in science-related fields is critical for the nation's continued survival, he said.

“We have to do something different,” he said.

Sereno will speak at 5 p.m. Sunday at OCU's Sarkeys Law Center, NW 23 and Kentucky Avenue. The lecture is open to the public.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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