The October Nerd Nite includes the KU Natural History Museum's Bruce Scherting, director of exhibits, who oversaw the restoration and new exhibit created for display of the horse Comanche. Nerd Nite is a monthly lecture event featuring three speakers in succession and hosted by Pachamama's, located at 800 New Hampshire St.. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the talks begin at 8 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 90 people.
Kick off the 2012 KU Campus Art Walk at the Natural History Museum: explore campus art, architecture and KU lore with Ted Johnson, professor emeritus of French, in front of the museum.
Zoos have changed over time from the simple menageries of European royalty to the complex conservation and education centers they are today. While many people visit zoos and aquariums to see and interact with exotic animals from faraway places, increasingly zoos and aquariums are becoming critical partners in species and ecosystem conservation efforts. For this Science on Tap, Geoff Hall from the Kansas City Zoo will lead a conversation about the changing roles of zoos and aquariums and how each of us can make a difference for wildlife around the world.
We’re kicking off our new evening hours on Thursdays with an event dedicated to the suggestive side of natural history. Featuring games, activities, chocolate and coffee, this event is for KU students age 18 and older and is co-sponsored by the KU Peer Health Educator Group.
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.
One impact of global climate change is a change in the number and type of extreme weather events within a region. These may include more pronounced drought, more intense rainfall events, more intense heat waves etc. These events may have very different implications depending upon when they occur during the year. For this Science on Tap, Nate Brunsell of the KU Geography department will lead a conversation about the potential ramifications of changing extreme weather patterns on natural, agricultural, and urban environments.
The technological boom of the last 25 years has given us gadgets that are useful, attractive and fun. But are they also harmful? New research has begun to show the costs of our “wired” society, and the incompatibility between our brains and our gadgets. For this Science on Tap, Paul Atchley of the KU Department of Psychology will lead a conversation on the limits of human attention, the costs of technology and promising work showing that a return to nature may be good for how we think.
Nineteenth and twentieth century world’s fairs were the most important vehicles for debuting advances in modern living. Often universal in scope, these major events brought together ideas and people in displays that exhibited scientific discoveries, agricultural products, machinery, manufactured products, paintings, sculpture and architecture. Fairs encouraged international competition as well as industrial and technical innovation. Using the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition as the centerpiece, Catherine Futter, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will examine innovation and the golden age of world’s fairs from 1851 to 1939. The talk will be held in front of the museum's famed Panorama exhibit, which was originally created for the 1893 Exposition and still displayed today.
Catherine Futter is the curator of Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939, now on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.
On Friday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the public is welcome to visit with KU scientists and see clouds of emerging butterflies at the Fitch Natural History Reservation located just north of the Lawrence Municipal Airport. KU Natural History Museum and Kansas Biological Survey scientists will be available to offer information and guidance to visitors.
Ornithologist Mark Robbins expects to see thousands of Emperor Hackberry butterflies emerging at the property, which is part of the KU Field Station.
For more information, visit the KU Biodiversity Institute newsroom.
Members of the Friends of the KU Natural History Museum are invited to a private reception and viewing of 39 Trails: Research in the Peruvian Amazon, at 6:30 pm Thursday, May 3. The exhibition on view at the Spencer Museum of Art is co-sponsored by the Spencer Museum and the Biodiversity Institute.
The event, which will be held at the Spencer Museum, includes Peruvian appetizers and beer and wine.
39 Trails is the culmination of a Biodiversity Institute interdisciplinary expedition to Peru in June 2011 to study Amazonian insects and other wildlife. The expedition involved eight KU students and two faculty members from across the sciences, arts and humanities, including entomology, evolutionary biology, ecology, microbiology, environmental studies, English, art history, journalism, and industrial design. The expedition and exhibition were made possible with the generous support of Jann and Tom Rudkin.
To RSVP for the 39 Trails reception, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 785-864-2344.
Those who are not yet members of the Friends of the KU Natural History Museum can still join and attend. Memberships for households begin at $40, provide support for museum exhibits and programs, and grant the member reciprocal admission to more than 300 other museums worldwide. Join online at KU Endowment, or call 785-864-2344.