EGWG members and their guests met their fellow explorers, including some of the ECWG’s most experienced explorers, at an informal brunch on Saturday, March 14, at the National Press Club’s (NPC) Fourth Estate restaurant.
The experienced explorers spoke briefly and answer questions:
- Lee Talbot MED ’57 and Marty Talbot FN ’04, who are both winners of major Explorers Club honors. Lee received the 2009 Explorers Medal for his “extraordinary contributions to exploration, scientific research and human welfare.” His wife, Marty received the Explorers Club’s 2013 Lowell Thomas Award as “a pioneering conservationist for her 56-year dedication to ecological research in more than 60 countries on four continents.”
- Craig Cook, MN ’01, is a physician who is involved in undersea exploration and undersea medicine. As a physician he is especially interested in the mechanisms of decompression sickness and its treatment in remote locations. He has been an active diver for more than 40 years and is a diving instructor for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
- Sarah Yeomans, FN 07, is an archaeologist specializing in the Imperial period of the Roman Empire with a particular emphasis on religions and ancient science. She is a faculty member in the department of Religious Studies at West Virginia University, and is also the Director of Educational Programs at the Biblical Archaeology Society in Washington, D.C. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Israel, Italy, Turkey, France and England and has worked on several television and film productions.
This informal question and answer session around the table was attended by nearly 2 dozen people. The event was quite successful and similar events will be planned in the near future.