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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, March 17, 1999

Broadcaster Bill Kurtis to Speak at KU

LAWRENCE--Television broadcaster and former CBS anchorman Bill Kurtis will speak at the annual meeting of the University of Kansas chapter of the scientific society Sigma Xi on April 5.

Kurtis's presentation, on the use of electronic technology in education, is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Big 12 Room of KU's Memorial Union.

Kurtis is the host of such programs as "The New Explorers," "American Justice," and "Investigative Reports" on the A&E network. He is a native of Independence, Kansas, and in 1998 was given the William Allen White Medal from the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is currently the head of Kurtis Productions, headquartered in Chicago.

The "The New Explorers" program profiles members of the scientific community.

"Recent developments in technology--computers, CD-ROMs, the Internet, satellite communication--have enabled science educators to bring the true excitement of scientific research and communication to students like never before," said Kurtis. "Through these means we can truly inspire the next generation of 'new explorers' and pave the way for the true scientific discovery of the next century."

Sigma Xi is a national scientific society with approximately 115,000 members. The University of Kansas chapter was founded in 1889 and is the fourth oldest chapter in the U.S.

Kurtis's presentation is free and open to the public.

Links outside of the KGS related to this article:
KU's Kansas Memorial Union
A&E Television Network
Sigma Xi
KU's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Story by Rex Buchanan, (785) 864-3965
For more information, contact Pieter Berendsen, (785) 864-3965

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