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
Event Type: 
General
Date: 
Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: 
Spooner Hall/The Commons
Contact: 

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 Tour: Birds

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- TOUR SPACE IS FULL -
Event Type: 
Campus Event
Date: 
Sun, 06/26/2011 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cost: 
$5 contribution encouraged
Location: 
Dyche Hall/Natural History Museum
Contact: 

Questions? Call 785.864.4450 or contact us at naturalhistory@ku.edu

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For more than 140 years, KU scientists and students have collected and studied Earth's animals and plants. Only a few of these specimens are on display for the public in the exhibits of the KU Natural History Museum; milions more are in jars or on shelves throughout the Biodiversity Institute's research areas.

Museum to Present Documentary, "Ghost Bird"

The KU Natural History Museum will present a film that explores the role of science, emotion and the media in the reported sighting of an extinct bird.

“Ghost Bird,” a 2010 documentary, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Panorama Gallery at the museum. Following the film, ornithologist Mark Robbins will lead a talk-back session titled “Conservation and the Ivory Bill Fantasy.”

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

Ornithology Details

The collections in Ornithology total more than 100,000 catalogued specimens representing about 4,000 species (44 % of world total) and 161 families (89 % of world total). The collections consist of skeletal, prepared skins, fluid preserved and frozen tissue specimens. The collections are especially strong for the United States and Mexico, with additional holdings from Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa. Recently, the collections have entered a phase of rapid growth, both in terms of numbers and of geographic and taxonomic coverage.

Established: 
1873
Number of Specimens: 
107,000 specimens
Research Strengths: 
Extensive program of avian inventories worldwide, with recent sampling trips to Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Fiji, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, and Palau. Expertise in molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography, niche modeling and biogeography, and pathogen surveillance in birds.
Senior Curator: 
moyle
Curator: 
town
Collection Manager: 
mrobbins
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Ornithology

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