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Pioneers in Science: Lee Berger

Friday, May 29, 2015
10:00 am - 11:15 am

Great minds inspire greatness. Our Pioneers in Science program offers high school students a path toward greatness through a rare opportunity to interact with world-renowned scientists. This year, students from around the globe got to engage with Lee Berger, one of the world’s top paleoanthropologists. Professor Berger discovered an ancient skull in the Rising Star Cave in South Africa, and since then, more than 1,200 more fossils have been unearthed, contributing to our understanding of human evolution. During this intimate gathering, students had the opportunity to ask Professor Berger about his career, inspirations, and what he hopes to discover next.

Photograph: Jon Smith


Shara BaileyAnthropologist

Shara Bailey is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at NYU and associate research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. She is also the Director of the Women in Science Program in NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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Lee BergerPaleoanthropologist

Professor Lee R. Berger is an award-winning researcher, author, paleoanthropologist, and speaker. His explorations into human origins on the African continent, Asia, and Micronesia for the past two and a half decades have resulted in many new discoveries.

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