Dinosaur Ridge welcomes new board member: School of Mines associate professor and dinosaur enthusiast Dr. Cynthia Norrgran

Dr. Cynthia Norrgran

[MORRISON, CO, April 11, 2022] – The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge Board of Directors has approved chemical and biological engineering associate professor Dr. Cynthia Norrgran as the newest member to help oversee the non-profit organization that provides educational programming and preservation efforts at Dinosaur Ridge. Dr. Norrgran brings a mountain of expertise in science, medicine, education, and her own personal fascination with dinosaur fossils and falconry to the role.

“Cynthia Norrgran’s varied background as an astrophysicist, medical doctor, and college professor, along with her love of dinosaurs and raptors, makes her a superb choice as a Board Director,” said Board President Marsha Barber. “Her passion for dinosaur fossils also enhances our work around preservation stewardship at Dinosaur Ridge.”

Norrgran said her curiosity about dinosaurs has been lifelong and led her to seek involvement with the non-profit, “I have been interested in dinosaurs since I was a kid and it never left, but only grew in intensity. Once I visited Dinosaur Ridge, I wanted to be part of the organization. I did not join the board with a specific agenda in mind, but rather to see where I can best fit in and be helpful.”

In addition to serving on the board, Norrgran is contributing to the organization’s educational offerings with a creative project that will soon be available for viewing. “I am making a series of whiteboard videos for Dino Ridge, which is a fun thing to do,” she explained. Whiteboard videos are typically informational presentations with a white background and an animated hand “drawing” pictures and diagrams illustrating a voiced narration.

Norrgran and some students are producing a series on seven dinosaurs relating to Dinosaur Ridge and nearby Triceratops Trail in Golden: Apatosaurus, Dakotasuchus (crocodilian), Eolambia, Ornithomimus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus Rex. The videos will be available on dinoridge.org.

About Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Founded in 1989 to oversee preservation of the natural historic site known as Dinosaur Ridge, and to provide educational programming, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization Friends of Dinosaur Ridge exists to manage a seasonally fluctuating paid staff and volunteer pool that serves thousands of visitors annually. In 1937, during the construction of West Alameda Parkway, dinosaur tracks were discovered in the 100-million-year-old rocks on the hogback east of Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. In 1973 the National Park Service recognized Dinosaur Ridge for its uniqueness as well as its historical and scientific significance, designating the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark, now ranked by paleontologists as the #1 dinosaur tracksite in America. Learn more at dinoridge.org and visit any day of the year except New Years, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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