The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Buckeye Smart: Introducing the Dinosaurs
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Columbus, OH

Buckeye Smart: Introducing the Dinosaurs

Join us for the next Buckeye Smart Central Ohio Speaker Series event!

Join Dale Gnidovec, Collections Manager and Curator of Ohio State’s Orton Geological Museum, for an introduction to the dinosaurs. He will explain how we find, excavate and reconstruct these marvelous beasts. Dale will also discuss the major groups of dinosaurs, and end with a look at some of the other animals (such as the swimming and flying reptiles) that lived at the same time.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

11:30 a.m. Registration and lunch
12–1 p.m. Program

Longaberger Alumni House – Sanders Grand Lounge
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Directions / Parking


$10 per person; includes lunch

About the Speaker

For the past 28 years, Dale Gnidovec has been the Collections Manager (and now also Curator) of Ohio State's Orton Geological Museum. He holds a BS in geology from Muskingum College, an MS in geology from Fort Hays State University, and did PhD work at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His main interest is paleontology, with a special focus on dinosaurs. He has spent 13 summers with crews from the Cincinnati Museum Center searching for and digging dinosaurs in Montana.

At the Orton Museum, Mr. Gnidovec gives guided tours of the exhibit hall and cares for a collection of more than 50,000 rocks, minerals and fossils. He also helps identify objects brought in by visitors.

Mr. Gnidovec says the best part of his job is educating the public about geology. He speaks to 4,000 people a year, including elementary through high school students and groups at libraries, nature centers and retirement communities. He also teaches an earth history course at Ohio State and writes a geology column that appears periodically in The Columbus Dispatch.

About Buckeye Smart

Buckeye Smart: Central Ohio Speaker Series is a lunch-and-learn experience hosted by The Ohio State University Alumni Association. Let Ohio State’s experts teach you about the university’s latest research, newest innovations and best-kept secrets!

Be sure to save the date for our next Buckeye Smart presentation on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Additional Buckeye Smart presentation dates are listed below:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

This event is currently at capacity.

Please call 800-762-5646 to be added to the wait-list.


Please contact the alumni association at or 800-762-5646