PBS Series Features University of Arkansas Professor

The work of a University of Arkansas geosciences professor will be featured in three-part special NOVA series that airs on PBS.

The series Building Wonders began airing on Wednesday, and it’s the show’s Feb. 18 broadcast that will include Thomas Paradise, a geosciences professor in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Paradise is an expert in geology, architecture, Levant geography and geomatrics, which led NOVA to choose him as one of the project’s consultants and lead researchers. Paradise was asked to oversee the design, re-creation, on-air commentary, script work, imagery and fact-checking for the series, making him a part of the project from beginning to end.

The series will feature Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, the city of Petra in Jordan and the Flavian Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

Paradise appears on camera in the Petra: Lost City of Stone episode. Gary Glassman, the program’s producer and director, said Paradise’s insight into Petra and the Nabateans “provides the soul of the film.”

The first episode premiered this week, and new episodes air on Feb. 18 and 25 on PBS in the United States and across Europe and Asia on ARTE, a European culture and public service television channel.

The networks have a combined estimated viewership of 20 million people worldwide.