University of Colorado Museum of Natural History


Conference: The Meaning of Names: Naming Diversity in the 21st Century

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce a new academic conference on Naming Diversity in the 21st Century. Over the course of the 3-day conference, to be held from September 29 – October 1, 2014, participants from across broad segments of our society, within and outside academia, will explore and bring into view commonalities and differences, and to declare and debate new meaning in the vital giving and linking of names.

Plenary Lecture:  Dr. J. Craig Venter  Life at the Speed of Light

We are very excited to have as our plenary speaker, Dr. J. Craig Venter. Dr. Venter will speak on September 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm in Macky Auditorium about his groundbreaking work in the development of "synthetic life."  Dr. Venter will discuss his latest book, Life at the Speed of Light and share his thoughts and ideas on the conference topic, Naming Diversity in the 21st Century.


BioLounge Exhibit: Catherine Chalmers

Catherine Chalmers is a multi-media artist whose work focuses on the complex relationship between nature and culture.  Using video, photography, drawing and sculpture, her work aims to give form to the richness, as well as the brutality and indifference that often characterize our connection with animals.  She uses art as a medium to explore and expand her involvement with nature and to discover a way to broaden the cultural significance of the non-human world.

Exhibit: What in the World? Samurai

This exhibit highlights some of the Museum's extensive collection of Asian artifacts. The focus of the exhibit is on swords and blades and other armaments used by Samurai warriors, primarily from the 17th Century.


Exhibit: The Ozone Gardens

Our newest installation is an exhibit and a living garden, located on the museum grounds at the southeast corner of the building. The Ozone Garden  is meant to raise awareness of the ozone pollution problem by educating the public about the impacts of air pollution on living systems. The garden will use "bioindicator" plants capable of detecting the presence of ozone air pollution
through the development of distinctive leaf symptoms as a visible indicator of ozone pollution.

Exhibit: DNA to Diversity

This exhibit aims to educate the public about the emerging science of evolutionary developmental biology, commonly shortened to “evo devo”. Dan Medeiros, Ph.D., a researcher who focuses on evo devo here at the University of Colorado, explains “Evo Devo tries to understand a fundamental question – how does evolution create new things? How do this force of nature, shaping life on the planet, work at fundamental levels?”

Project: CondorWatch

CondorWatch is a new citizen science program which hopes to improve understanding of the California condor and reduce some of the dangers to its existence. The project asks volunteers to look at photographs of condors, identify the tag number of each condor, and describe behaviors that are easily observed to give researchers a peek into the social networks of these iconic birds. 





Project: Notes from Nature

Take Notes From NatureNotes from Nature is a transcription project allowing people just like you to sit down (or stand up) right now and start digitizing collections from more than 200 institutions. Until now many of these collections have only been accessible in person.


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