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“Born to Explore” Episode Featuring Prof Ken Lacovara Wins Bronze Telly Award

April 10, 2014


Ken Lacovara in Grand Central Station looking at Fossils

In a November episode of ABC’s “Born to Explore,” Drexel paleontologist Ken Lacovara, PhD, joined TV host Richard Wiese on a quest for New York City’s fossil collections—but not where you’d expect. The pair traveled to well-known sites, including Grand Central Station and Saks Fifth Avenue, where half-a-billion-year-old fossils can be found in the buildings’ limestone structures. Their Big Apple adventure, “Born to Explore New York: The Great Fossil Hunt,” received a Bronze Telly for Travel and Tourism at the 35th Annual Telly Awards competition.

Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards honor outstanding cable, regional and local television programs and commercials, video and film productions, as well as online commercials, videos and film. Over 12,000 entries were submitted this year.

Ken Lacovara, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science who specializes in Mesozoic paleoecosystems; evolution and paleoecology of sauropod dinosaurs; preservation and analysis of ancient biomolecules; the natural history and paleoecology of mangrove ecosystems; and coastal processes and the evolution of coasts with sea-level change. He received his PhD in geology from the University of Delaware.