Retired physician to share love of digging for dinosaurs

By UW-Barron County

Long-time Rice Lake resident and free-lance explorer Rod Olson will share his passion for paleontology during a presentation entitled “Digging for Dinosaurs” at UW-Barron County on Feb. 16, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234). His talk is part of the Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series, which is free and open to the public. 

Always fascinated by nature and what's in dirt, Olson, a retired physician, first worked with Jack Horner, a paleontologist with The Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Mont. He later hunted for dinosaurs on a ranch in central Montana, where he discovered several fossils, some of which are archived at the museum.

During his talk, Olson will describe how dinosaur fossils are found and what it takes to get them out of the ground, prepared for analysis and ready for presentation. He also will share the joys, fatigue, failures and finds of dinosaur hunting. Dinosaur fossil bones will be available for the audience to examine.

A Minnesota native, Olson graduated from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., in psychology. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and his family practice certification in Eau Claire. He has lived and worked in Rice Lake since 1980 and practiced family medicine for 20 years and emergency medicine for twelve.

Olson also serves as co-chair of the 2017 Red Cedar Watershed Conference, March 9 at UW-Stout, which will bring together national speakers, farmers, lakeshore owners, scientists, policymakers and the general public to find ways to improve soil and water quality.

The Thursdays @ the U series is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call 715-234-8176.


Brian Becker