This upcoming Saturday (March 30th, 2019) is an exciting event put on in collaboration with the Joseph Moore Museum and Earlham’s Natural Science Department. The Brain Explorers event is an opportunity for people of all ages to come and learn fascinating facts about the brain. Brain Explorers, now in its 3rd year, has always been …

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Dr. James Berry

By Elisabeth Sorrows and Lydia Lichtiger Dr. Jim Berry, who has been collaborating with John Iverson for over 40 years on mud turtle research, came to measure turtle skulls in the Joseph Moore Museum, which houses an extensive mud turtle collection. Dr. Berry received his Ph.D. in biology and wrote his dissertation on mud turtles. …

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Talking the Talk

by Emily McGrew As scientists, we often get caught up in the day-to-day concerns about experimental controls and reading the next chapter for class, so we don’t take time to think about our context in the wider fields of biology, science and the world. After a long day of presentations on very specific research topics, …

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Highlights from the Symposium Talks

by Leah Everitt, Elisabeth Sorrows, and Emily McGrew Our favorite talks from the University of Michigan's Early Career Scientist Symposium on March 29: Leah: Cool Cow Genes My favorite talk at the symposium was entitled “From the Aurochs to the Anthropocene: domestication and global movement of cattle in the past 10,000 years". This talk focused …

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Touring the Museum at UMich

by Katherine and Elisabeth Sorrows Looking around the museum Each of us found a different section that we really enjoyed. We looked at the Smilodon and the Mastodon. They have Mastodon footprints to look at and the right hind leg of the Mastodon was printed on a 3-D printer so you could see the pixels …

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Exploring the Museum Collections at UMich

by Katherine and Elisabeth Sorrows First Day at University of Michigan We got to interact with current PhD students, meet with an EC alum who works in the museum, explore the collections and museum and talk to the museum staff. We will focus this week on our interactions with the collections. Look NEXT week for …

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On the Road Again

by Emily McGrew Even museum staffers occasionally take a break and hit the road for a springtime road trip! Two weekends ago, Heather, our director, drove a minivan full of sleepy museum staffers to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We had the chance to meet with a few members of their museum team …

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The Best Job Ever (You Could Do It, Too)

By Emily McGrew "So...what do you actually do at the museum?" I get this question a lot. The short answer is I work in web media and as a tour guide. But the long answer, when people are willing to listen, encompasses so many more experiences, from cleaning up after our live animals to researching and …

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New (Lizard) Diets for Spring

When senior Julie Tamanini, a student worker who took over lizard care this fall, mentioned feeding the lizards on the leftovers from the student cafeteria, she was kidding. But Carol Stocksdale, the Coordinator of Educational Outreach, saw potential in the joke.Carol and Julie started communicating with Kathie Guyler, the cafeteria supervisor, to work out the …

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