Ooh, A New Challenge

field guide cover

My dad sent me this link today, and while my first thought was “um, what now?”, my second was “whoa, that’s pretty cool!”, followed quickly by “damn, I wish I’d thought of that”. The collection development librarian at the California Academy of Sciences, Diane T. Sands, also happens to be a freelance science illustrator who’s Continue Reading →

It’s Tapirs All The Way Down…

fused fossil rhino rib

I was not a particularly happy camper this morning, having woken up balls-early for a road trip out to Boone, NC. Thankfully, my mood had vastly improved by the time we reached the Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum outside Johnson City, TN, enabling me to better appreciate their specimens, exhibits, and dig site. Continue Reading →

Gettin’ Ready for the Fourth

I was talking with my boss yesterday about how it just doesn’t seem right that the 4th of July is in the middle of the week this year. You can’t go out of town for a three-day weekend. There’s not a lot of time to prep anything fun because you’re working Monday and Tuesday. You Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 7: The Museum as Prototype

Rube Goldberg Machine

We’re nearing the end of my AAM series… only a few more interviews and session recaps to go! This one was one of my favorite sessions at AAM, and I’ve been holding off writing about it out of fear that I won’t do it justice. But as the walrus said, the time has come to Continue Reading →

Science Monday

candle flame

After two straight weeks of working every day, I am finally catching my breath, and catching up on things, including TJT. I trust y’all didn’t miss me too much. There are still a bunch of things I need to tell you about AAM (the best interviews and sessions are coming up, I swear!), but this Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 6: An Interview with Harriet Lynn

Harriet Lynn

This next interviewee was my roommate for AAM2012, and I just have to take the time to make a quick plug in favor of finding a roommate for future AAM meetings. The conference is expensive (as my supporters know), but you can minimize the dent in your wallet by splitting the cost of one of Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 5: Media and Technology MUSE Awards

AAM's media and technology MUSE awards

This year was the 23rd Annual MUSE Awards, brought to you by AAM’s Media and Technology committee. You can read about all the various nominees, honorees and winners in more detail at the actual MUSE homepage, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to comment on the ones that I thought sounded the coolest. Audio Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 4: Narrative as a Platform for Public Engagement

"Follow the North Star" experience at Conner Prairie

I am a huge proponent of storytelling. It’s why I became a film major, and it’s why I went the museum route with my interest in science education. One of my favorite speeches is Robert Krulwich’s commencement address to the California Institute of Technology, titled “Tell Me A Story“. You can go check it out Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 3: A Conversation with Kevin Sayama

Kevin Sayama from C&G Partners

A number of lovely, generous people in my life donated money to help get me to AAM this year. I promised that I would report back about the sessions I attended, as well as interview fellow attendees, as a way of showing just what they helped pay for. It also allows for some vicarious AAM Continue Reading →

AAM Rundown 2: 75 Ways to Connect in 75 Minutes

example of crowdsourcing and visitor participation

I have to admit, I missed some of this session because I tried attending another one. “An Update on Art and Science Collaborative Approaches” sounded like it had a lot of potential, especially for someone like me who loves both art and science. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as inspiring as I had hoped it would be. Continue Reading →