Explore the insect world, construct your own bug, see creepy crawly insects and even eat one if you're daring! This event is a part of the museum's Science Saturdays series, a program of monthly family drop-in events at the museum.
A powerful story stirs human emotions, and it provides both a motivation and a method for human action. This tried-and-true methodology is now being utilized to promote new myths (and the individuals who invent them) about the ancient Maya and human morality. For this Science on Tap, Associate Professor John Hoopes will look at the myths surrounding December 21, 2012, and the commodification of ancient cultures.
Curious about quarks? Intrigued by how what happens at very small scales is connected to our experience of the material world? Ever wondered just how small nano is, and what things are even smaller? Join us for this adults-only, hands-on science program that introduces matter — what it is, what it is made of, its properties, how it changes and how it combines to make everything else.
This workshop is limited to individuals ages 18 and up. Limited space available; register by 5 p.m. Nov. 5 by calling 785.864.4450.
Perhaps no one has had as great an influence on the KU Natural History Museum as did Lewis Lindsay Dyche. Larger than life, he was a driving force in the establishment of the museum, a witness in the Peary-Cook race to the North Pole, creator of the popular wildlife panorama of the 1893 World's Fair, and a pioneer in laws for wildlife conservation. For one evening only in the Commons in Spooner Hall, the museum and the Kansas Memorial Union will revisit the life of Lewis Lindsay Dyche through a lecture by historian Bill Sharp and interpret Dyche's influence through actor Chris Roady.
A book signing and coffee reception will follow. The event will be preceded by an exhibition opening at the museum  for museum members.
On display from November 2012 until April 2013, the exhibition "L. L. Dyche's Magic Lantern Revisted," will open with a reception for museum members and future members on Nov. 4 prior to a public lecture and performance  at the Commons. The museum requests that guests who would like to attend the exhibition opening RSVP by 5 p.m. Oct. 31; call 785.864.4450.
Lewis Lindsay Dyche thrilled audiences from small towns in Kansas to Chicago to New York, first with his skill in natural history displays and later with grand lectures about his adventures. Many of the glass slides that he displayed in his "magic lantern" talks, as well as many more detailing his taxidermic process, have not been seen by the public in more than 100 years and will be featured in this exhibition.
We’ll provide the skulls, and you provide the creativity. Sketch your favorite skulls from our new mammals exhibit opening in October or get a close look at skulls displayed specifically for this drop-in event.
More than a decade after the Nobel-prize-winning discovery about the accelerating expansion of the universe, scientists are still trying to pin down exactly what dark energy is and solve one of the most profound questions in modern physics. This mysterious force repels gravity and is estimated to account for about 70 percent of the substance of the universe. For this Science on Tap, Bharat Ratra of Kansas State University will discuss dark matter, dark energy, and how scientists understand these components of the ever-expanding universe.
Celebrate National Fossil day by casting fossils and learning about vertebrate and invertebrate fossils with our paleontology staff. Take a tour of the Vertebrate Paleontology Preparation Lab and learn about opportunities to volunteer in the lab. This event is the first in the Science Saturdays series, a program of monthly family drop-in events at the museum.
Please note: Because of the KU football game Saturday, parking near the museum will be very limited. We recommend two options: take the Lawrence T bus #11 ( see route information here. ) that drops off in front of the Kansas Union next door, or, you can park at the parking garage by Allen Fieldhouse and walk to the museum.
Make National Fossil Day a part of your KU plans Saturday!