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SPNHC 2015 posters – Libraries of Life project and New Neotropical Symbiota portals

Our group has two posters up for presentation at SPNHC 2015 this week.

1. Basham A., A. Mast, N.M. Franz & K.H. Holmes. 2015. Libraries of Life: connecting collections with community via Augmented Reality and specimen-based learning applications. 30th Annual Meeting of The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. Gainesville, FL. Link to PDF

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Natural History Collections contribute to exhibit: The Nature of Creation – Joseph Haydn’s Oratorio and Beyond

During the Spring and Summer, 2015, ASU’s Natural History Collections group is contributing sets of newly designed plant fossil displays and 3D dioramas for the ASU Hayden Library Exhibit:

The Nature of Creation: Joseph Haydn’s Oratorio and Beyond

 Kathleen Pigg, Elizabeth Makings, and Anne Basham are responsible for the designs and materials. Some photos are posted here.

More information is available at libguides.asu.edu/Creation

Exhibit: The Nature of Creation: Joseph Haydn’s Oratorio and Beyond.
Available: Hayden Library, Upper Concourse, Spring-Summer 2015, during normal library hours.

Description: This exhibit celebrates Joseph Haydn’s The Creation oratorio and is part of the ASU Creation Project, a yearlong series of events that concluded with a free performance of Haydn’s oratorio on April 29, 2015. The exhibit explores the nature of Creation through human imagination and creativity, as depicted in visual arts, music, cosmological narratives and diagrams, utopian writings, and scientific work. The exhibit is accompanied with a library guide, videos of pop-up books in action, 3D dioramas and high quality photos of fossil plants.

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Newly designed fossil plant display for The Nature of Creation exhibit at the Hayden Library, May 2015.

Night of the Open Door 2015 – Natural History Collections

This year, and for the first time, all Natural History Collections participated in the ASU Night of the Open Door event jointly and at the Alameda location. A shuttle service from the Tempe Campus to our collections allowed visitors to make the trip, participate in outreach games, and get access to the collections and people associated with them. Although we had hoped for slightly higher visitor numbers, the feedback was strong and very positive. The Insects also had a table on campus. Photos from the event are posted on Flickr here.

ASUHIC contributes to 2015 ASU DiscoverE Days

On March 27, 2015, the Hasbrouck Insect Collection group fronted a highly popular booth at the annual DiscoverE Days organized by ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Andrew Jansen and Guanyang Zhang tirelessly introduced many hundreds of young visitors to the wonders of arthropods and insects on the pastures in front of the Old Main Building. Photos from the event are posted on Flickr here.

EntSoc14 Twitter pride and joy


ECN 2014 and ESA 2014 in Portland have come and gone. Great meeting, and dare I say a new sense of togetherness via social media that can improve science communication, science itself.

Presentations and posters at ECN and ESA 2014

Our lab has had an eventful joint ECN/ESA 2014 meeting and presentation/poster schedule of activities. Most presentations are now posted. Great meetings – even won recognition for our Twitter contributions.

ECN 2014

Symposium – Harvesting the fruits of our labor: Utilizing collections databases to advance 21st century entomology.

1. Neil Cobb, Katja Seltmann & Nico Franz. 2014. The current state of arthropod biodiversity data: Addressing impacts of global change. Presentation.

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Impressions from the Alameda Grand Opening

Some impressions from yesterday’s Grand Opening of the newly renovated and now fully functional Alameda space for the ASU School of Life Sciences Natural History Collections, Informatics & Outreach Group. The event was attended by more than 200 illustrious guests from ASU and the greater community. A wonderful opportunity to showcase how the collections are now positioned to promote biodiversity research and learning. A set of photos from the event is linked here.

The State Press: ASU Alameda opening puts natural history on display

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Alameda Grand Opening on October 2nd, 2014

The School of Life Sciences’ newly renovated and now fully active space for the Natural History Collections, Informatics and Outreach Group is celebrating a Grand Opening on the afternoon/evening of October 2nd, 2014. The event will introduce the greater ASU community and other interested groups to the facilities and affiliated research and learning programs at Alameda. The Grand Opening will include a ribbon cutting, exhibits, and guided tours through the collections and outreach spaces.