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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar is distinguished paleoanthropologist

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Phi Beta Kappa Society of the University of South Dakota will sponsor the lecture “What Cells Will Do For Global Climate Change” by Timothy Bromage, professor of biomaterials and biomimetics at the New York University College of Dentistry, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Freedom Forum Conference Room in the Al Neuharth Media Center.

A paleoanthropologist, Bromage, Ph.D., is director of the Hard Tissue Research Unit. His research focuses on human evolution and growth and development, with emphasis on the biology of bones and teeth as windows into life history. Bromage conducts fieldwork principally in Malawi, where he examines both modern and early human dental and skeletal development to draw inferences concerning relationships between human biology and the environment. He has recently discovered a new biological clock while observing incremental growth lines in tooth enamel, hypothesized to regulate many metabolic functions.

Bromage is the coeditor of “African Biogeography: Climate Change and Early Hominid Evolution” and has been honored for his research by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Max Planck Prize in recognition of his achievements in the research on the microanatomical structure of ancestral human teeth and bones. A photo of Bromage is available at

This Visiting Scholar Lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Alpha Chapter of South Dakota Phi Beta Kappa, the Department of History, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Biology. The lecture is free and open to the public. The Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to associate with some of America’s most distinguished scholars and contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by exchanging ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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