Science Inspires Series: Rothschild to Give Keynote Lecture, October 12

Posted on 9/27/2017 2:56:10 PM

Bruce RothschildThe College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the IUP Sigma Xi Chapter proudly present Bruce Rothschild, professor of Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine, as the guest speaker of the fall 2017 Science Inspires Series. A public reception will be held in the Serafini Atrium of Eberly College following the talk.

Professor Rothschild will present “The Rosetta Bone: We made our bones in the Permian and, after many missteps, are now able to translate many of the contained messages” on October 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Eberly Auditorium.


Our perspectives are generally the product of what we see, flavored by the chosen lens. The lenses in science have traditionally been our visual, auditory and tactile senses, augmented by x-ray and microscopic vision and chemical/physical analyses. Application of these across the zoological spectrum truly blurs the distinction between species. We share much the same susceptibilities and behaviors. This is especially recognizable as we look back at diseases through geologic time, although additional lens had to be developed. When all that remains is the skeleton, a new opportunity presents. Bone alterations are revealed that are otherwise inaccessible. This allowed development of new diagnostic techniques, ones that allow identification of disease origin and spread both geographically and chronologically, referred to as scientific paleoepidemiology. Tracing decompression syndrome (bends), arthritis, and tuberculosis through geologic time, identifying the origin of rheumatoid arthritis and syphilis, and recognizing the transcendental nature of the ball as a play toy have been products of this approach, but that is only the beginning.