466 Life Sciences Complex
Cathryn R. Newton
Professor and Dean Emerita of Earth Sciences
Research and Teaching Interests Paleoecology and Ocean Sciences
In 1983, Newton joined the faculty of Syracuse University, where she became an award-winning scholar and teacher, a powerfully effective mentor of women in the sciences and co-founding director of the Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE), and a nationally admired leader both in Earth Sciences and in higher education. She served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for eight years before assuming her present position as the university’s only Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences – a position that recognizes the broad scope of her scientific work as transcending the boundaries of any one discipline.
In her new project, Newton combines her extensive experience in paleontology and her longstanding fascination with shipwrecks – revealing with captivating stories, rigorous science, and extraordinarily creative insights, that once we recognize the thousands of shipwrecks on the ocean floor as the array of fossils they literally are, we can ask – and answer – new questions that transform our understanding of many aspects of science and of cultural history. Newton has, with this book project, written an elegant, lucid, compelling narrative and also created a searchable data base of thousands of shipwrecks that is an unprecedented resource for future work by others. This combination reveals Newton to be a thinker and writer of extraordinary scope and originality.
History of Earth and Life (EAR 102)
Introduction to Paleobiology (EAR 325)
Graduate Seminar in Mass Extinctions (EAR 600)
Graduate Seminar in Paleobiology (EAR 629)
Linked Lenses: Science and Philosophy (HNR 250)
Oceans and Shipwrecks (HNR 200)
Seminar: Modern and Ancient Biodiversity (BIO 200)