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Leo Smith and Matt Davis join Ichthyology

  Posted by Town , 23 September 2013 · 1,638 views

Leo Smith has joined KU as an assistant curator of ichthyology at the Biodiversity Institute and as assistant professor of systematics and evolution at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He comes to KU from the Field Museum in Chicago. Smith's research focuses on the evolutionary biology of fishes. He is interested in the large-scale phen...


Grant to Fund Research on Bioluminescence in Deep Sea Organisms

  Posted by Town , 23 September 2013 · 363 views

Research associate Matt Davis and Ichthyology Curator Leo Smith have learned that their proposal "Collaborative Research: Diversification in the Deep-Sea and the Evolution of Fangs, Bioluminescence, Hermaphroditism, and Marine Habitat Transitions" has been awarded $575,000 by the National Science Foundation. Of the grant, $425,000 was a...


Invertebrate Paleontology welcomes Dr. Michelle Casey

  Posted by Town , 09 August 2013 · 742 views

The division of Invertebrate Paleontology is exited to welcome Dr. Michelle Casey as a new post-doc. Michelle spent a year teaching at Oberlin College after she completed her PhD at Yale University. She is broadly interested in how ecological interactions change in response to perturbation, and she will be involved in the "Paleoniches" d...


Comings and Goings in the Invertebrate Paleontology Division

  Posted by Town , 07 May 2013 · 404 views

The students and faculty of the Invertebrate Paleontology division would like to congratulate Cori Myers and Curtis Congreve who successfully defended their Ph.D. theses this semester and will graduate May 18th-19th. Cori will be going on to do a post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious NASA Astrobiology Institute at Harvard and M.I.T., worki...


KU research helps fuel development of interactive fish tree

  Posted by Town , 15 April 2013 · 450 views

Ed Wiley, curator emeritus; Teresa MacDonald, museum education director; and several other team members have helped create "A fisheye view of the tree of life," an interactive fish tree on the Understanding Evolution website. The project was developed for the NSF-funded Euteleost Tree of Life grant. Included is a curriculum unit that was...


KU Biodiversity Institute Renovation Creates Eight Laboratories and Will Expand Research

  Posted by Town , 07 February 2013 · 233 views

The KU Biodiversity Institute announces completion of a two-year, $3.5 million renovation that has modernized the laboratories in 110-year-old Dyche Hall for 21st century research and student training about the life of theplanet. A dedication reception and tours are planned from 3-5 p.m. on Tue...


Museum invites public to explore human anatomy during Science Saturday

  Posted by Town , 13 December 2012 · 253 views

What do we know about what is under the skin?The KU Natural History Museum invites the public to explore human anatomy through “Science Saturday: the Body,” an event for children, families and curious adults on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 1-3 p.m.The free event includes activities and games such as Anatomy Alex, a life-size evolutionary t...


Insect larvae developed camouflage 110 million years ago

  Posted by Town , 10 December 2012 · 252 views

A recently discovered new species of insect larva with its specialized pack of plant remains indicates that a complex camouflage behavior used by insects today dates to at least 110 million years ago.read more

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Museum to offer adult workshop

  Posted by Town , 23 October 2012 · 243 views

What do you really know about matter? You know, the bits of stuff that make the world what it is.

For those who are curious about how those bits comprise everything from shoes to plants to iPhones, the University of Kansas Natural History Museum will offer a science program just for adults from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7.

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Families, football fans invited to Fossil Fest

  Posted by Town , 09 October 2012 · 239 views

The KU Natural History Museum encourages both the Jayhawk faithful headed to Memorial Stadium and families looking for kid-friendly activities to come to the museum for fossil activities from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.read more

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