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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dr. Thomas Broadhead, a University of Tennessee-Knoxville geology professor, received the Distinguished Service Award from The Paleontological Society at its recent annual meeting in New Orleans.

The award honored Broadhead’s educational book series, “Short Courses in Paleontology,” which he founded in 1980.

The short course is published annually by the UT-Knoxville geology department and is used by professional and amateur paleontologists around the world, Broadhead said. It is a compact, intensive compilation which serves as a reference on recent research and as a textbook for graduate courses.

Broadhead also has been editor, manager and distributor of the series, which has covered topics such as microfossils and dinosaurs.

The Paleontological Society is the largest international organization of paleontologists. Broadhead has served as a member of its governing council and as both secretary and chair of its Southeastern region.

Contact: Dr. Tom Broadhead (423-974-7875)