Idea Café - Shifting Viewpoints: Is Western Science an Indigenous Knowledge?

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Jorge Soberon, Senior Research Scientist, Biodiversity Institute & Biodiversity Modeling and Policy Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor
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General
Date: 
Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Spooner Hall/The Commons
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Questions? Call 785.864.6293 or contact us at thecommons@ku.edu

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So called Indigenous, or Traditional Knowledge (ITK) is viewed by many western scientists with a combination of amusement and doubt, and almost always, implicit judgement. But what if we apply the methods of analysing ITK to western science? After all, western science began its long walk to hegemony as the folk knowledge of the peoples of the Mediterranean region. This exercise will likely prove both illuminating and humbling.

Behind-the-scenes: herpetology

Event Type: 
General
Date: 
Sun, 08/26/2012 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: 
$5-7 suggested contribution
Location: 
Dyche Hall/Natural History Museum
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Questions? Call 785.864.2344 or contact us at naturalhistory@ku.edu

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Have you ever wondered about the specimens Biodiversity Institute scientists reference for research? During this special behind-the-scenes tour, you can look at our research collections of reptiles and amphibians from all over the world. UPDATE: This tour is now full. Please check back for other upcoming tours in October and in winter 2013.

Cataloging Biodiversity in a Global Conservation Hotspot

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A Science on Tap event
Event Type: 
Science on Tap
Date: 
Tue, 03/08/2011 - 7:30pm
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Free State Brewery
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Questions? Call 785.864.4450 or contact us at naturalhistory@ku.edu

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The small southeast Asian island archipelago of the Philippines is one of only two places on Earth designated by Conservation International as both a megadiverse nation and a global conservation hotspot. Drawing on examples from his 20 year history of biodiversity discovery and conservation work in the Philippines, herpetologist Rafe Brown will discuss the challenges faced by conservation biologists in a country where the diversity of animals and plants is still very poorly known to scientists.

Limbless Lizards

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Usually, your close relatives resemble you.  Or at least they have the same number of limbs.

New Websites Highlight Biodiversity Research

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The Biodiversity Institute has a new home on the web and a new site for the institute's Natural History Museum.

Prominent on the institute's new web site, biodiversity.ku.edu, are the research, collections and discoveries of its scientists and graduate students who explore and document the life of the planet.

New Biodiversity Institute Web Sites

Graduate Student Promotes Biology Conservation

Cameron Siler, a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology at KU, has a promising career as a conservation biologist and scientist. KU Science writer Brendan Lynch recently interviewed Siler about his research and fieldwork in the Philippines.

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