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McMicken’s Lentz Says That in Science, There’s Never a Final Answer — And That’s a Good Thing


UC Biologist David Lentz was interviewed for ScienceLives, a joint publication between LiveScience and the National Science Foundation that 'puts scientists under the microscope.'

Date: 8/15/2008 12:00:00 AM
By: Wendy Beckman
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos By: Lisa Ventre, photojournalist

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David Lentz, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Center for Field Studies, has loved science ever since he was a kid, collecting leaves from around his neighborhood and pressing them into a book. Even now as a paleothnobotanist at the University of Cincinnati, he is still just as excited about collecting samples as he was back then — except the samples are a lot older.

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David Lentz is still collecting samples and still loving it.

Read the full interview here: ScienceLives: In Science, There's Never a Final Answer

Read more about Professor Lentz’s work:

6/25/2008   Smithsonian: UC-Led Research Team Finds Evidence of Domesticated Ancient Sunflower in Mexico 
UC's David Lentz, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Center for Field Studies, led a research team examining ancient sunflower in Mexico.

5/11/2008   UC to Create 'Living Lab' in Park 
The agreement with the Hamilton County Park District provides a Cincinnati Center for Field Studies — a living lab for students, teachers and scientists to conduct hands-on research in archeology, geology and environmental studies — and more.

Cincinnati Zoo Executive Director Thane Maynard interviewed David Lentz about the Cincinnati Center for Field Studies on WVXU's "Cincinnati Edition," Aug. 10, 2008. Listen to the archived interview here.

4/29/2008   Ancient Sunflower Fuels Debate About Agriculture in the Americas 
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Florida State University have confirmed evidence of domesticated sunflower in Mexico — 4,000 years before what had been previously believed.