Wrapping Up The Semester: Overview and Accomplishments

The museum has had a productive and busy semester. Our collective efforts have allowed us to put on successful museum events, improve the museum exhibits and programs, and reach out to the community as a whole.   During this Fall Semester, we have accomplished the following:   A reusable display was made for traveling advertisement and for …

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Meet Erika Nelson – our new Community Engagement Director

We’d like to give a warm welcome to Erika Nelson, who has joined us to work as the museum’s Community Engagement Director. Her work managing tours, outreach, and events makes it possible for the museum to connect and interact with the community. She was gracious enough to sit down for an interview with me, and …

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Don’t sneeze! We are in the Ancient DNA lab!

If you visit JMM this week, you will be able to see three very meticulous scientists, covered in scrubs, gloves and lab coats (and colourful crocs), working in the Ancient DNA lab located in the basement. Working with ancient DNA requires a lot of care and precision. As this kind of DNA is very old, …

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DNA Degradation and Destructive Drilling

In our third week of research we headed to the paleontology collections room looking for the actual giant beaver specimens.  We found 12 specimens apart from the mounted individual on exhibit in the museum. The specimens consist of a variety bones including a skull, ulna, vertebra, and assorted teeth.  As we photographed the specimens we …

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One Tree to Rule Them All: Using DNA sequences to build a more complete Eagle phylogeny

Our second week of research has turned  out to be a little different than expected.  A campus wide power outage affected where and what we work on, but it hasn’t stopped our research. On Monday, we gathered with other displaced Earlham science researchers at Roscoe's Coffee Bar to work on finishing up designing primers for …

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Students Prepare for Extraction of Ancient DNA

There are several new research projects going on behind the scenes at the Joseph Moore museum.  Sonia Kabra and I, Rachel Wadleigh, are working with the museum director, Heather Lerner, and will be posting once a week about what we are working on.  We will be here for four weeks and we have a lot …

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What to Do With Your Pet Rock Collection

Some people collect stamps, others collect state quarters, and others collect natural history artifacts. When I was a kid, I had a whole drawer full of rocks that I had picked up out of the backyard and the park. That's how Joseph Moore started his collection, too, just keeping all of the interesting artifacts and …

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New Residents at the Joseph Moore Museum

Not long ago, the staff at the museum discovered a new species in the Marshes of Indiana diorama. A tiny residence, suitable for only the smallest of creatures, now sits in the corner of the exhibit. What a marvel it is! These new inhabitants used all the bits and pieces left over from other displays around …

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Thanks to CT-Scans, the Earlham Mummy Comes to Life | Earlham College

Read the article on the Earlham homepage about our recent CT-Scan of Ta'an, the Joseph Moore Museum mummy: Thanks to CT-Scans, the Earlham Mummy Comes to Life | Earlham College. Photo credit: Denise Purcell, Earlham College Ta'an was taken to Reid Memorial Hospital to be CT scanned in December. The scan was used to construct a …

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