Saturday, September 22, 2007

Durham Fair "Mummy Roadshow"

The Middletown Press

The "Mummy Roadshow" has been added to the Discovery Center's schedule and is an exciting addition to the fair's many presentations.

Quinnipiac University professors Ronald Beckett and Jerry Conlogue - executive directors of Quinnipiac's Bioanthropology Research Institute in Hamden - will be sharing their experiences and knowledge of mummies with fair-goers this year. "It's an interesting subject - science in action. It's also a connection with the old sideshow tents from fairs gone by," said Beckett, a respiratory care professor and chairman of cardiopulmonary sciences and diagnostic imaging at Quinnipiac.

Beckett has used endoscopic techniques to help gather information that can determine a mummy's sex, age and cause of death. Conlogue, an associate professor of diagnostic imaging, says he is excited to bring the show to the Durham Fair. "Both (Beckett) and I feel it is important to get kids interested in science. Mummies seem to be a sure-fire way to get their attention."

The roadshow takes place at Durham Fair in Durham, Connecticut (U.S.)

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