The Chronicle Of Higher Education
November 20th, 2014
Patricia H. Kelley is standing in a lecture hall at the University of
North Carolina at Wilmington with a blanket fastened to her body.
Well, standing might not be the best word. She’s flapping her arms, pretending to fly.
Ms. Kelley, a geology professor, lives to teach about plants and
animals long since dead. And on this day, she’s teaching, with the use
of a blanket harnessed to her body, about how the pterodactyl’s wing
membranes might have worked.
Ms. Kelley’s also been known to lie on her desk with a student
holding a lollipop out in front of her head as this teacher of 35 years
lunges for the candy to show students how prehistoric fish might have
lunged onto land for the first time.