Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘Alameda’

Announcing BIO 386 Entomology – Fall 2015

This Fall 2015, BIO 386 General Entomology will be offered with the course lab sections utilizing the Natural History Collections spaces at the Alameda Building. The course provides a thorough, interactive, hands-on introduction to the fascinating and immensely important diversity and biology of insects, covering topics from insect morphology to pollination to conservation, and much more.  Seats remain open for enrollment. Photos from prior courses are here. A student perspective:

 Fall2014Feeback

The video below provides an introduction to the course lab facility.

A New Home for the ASU Natural History Collections from Arizona State University on Vimeo.

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.

ASU Collections Holiday Party 2014

Last Wednesday (December 17, 2014) we celebrated our first Holiday Party at the Alameda collections space. Plenty of people, food, drinks, and cheerful times. Liz Makings skillfully accompanied the Christmas carols on the keyboard. Photos are posted here.

AlamedaHolidayParty2014-2

Tom Dowling, Scott McAdams, Rebecca Dornburg, Charlotte Johnston.


And, with permission (“Sure – this could be my big break.”), we reproduce here Walter Fertig’s genial adaptation of:

On the First day of Christmas, the herbarium gave to me, a Perdix in a Pyrus tree*

On the Second day of Christmas, the herbarium gave to me
two Croton setigerus and a Perdix in a Pyrus tree
 

Read more

Course announcement: Sonoran Desert Field Botany, Spring 2015

PLB498-598-2015An announcement for the combined PLB 498/598 Sonoran Desert Field Botany course, offered in the Spring 2015 Semester by Elizabeth Makings (Vascular Plant Herbarium) at the Alameda space.

Download the course flyer with additional information.

Course announcement: Plant Diversity and Evolution, Spring 2015

PLB300-ImageAn announcement for the PLB 300 Plant Diversity and Evolution course, offered in the Spring 2015 Semester by Drs. Kathleen Pigg (Fossil Plant Collection) and Walter Fertig (Herbarium) at the Alameda space.

Download the course flyer with additional information.

Les Landrum Retirement Celebration at Alameda

On Friday, October 3rd, 2014, we celebrated the official retirement of ASU Vascular Plant Herbarium Curator Dr. Les Landrum. The event took place at the just inaugurated Alameda Building. Attendance of colleagues and students, and spirits, were high – a true and fitting celebration of Les’ broad impact on the Herbarium, Southwestern United States floristics, mentoring and collaboration, and plant systematics (Myrtaceae) and biodiversity informatics (SEINet) more generally.

DarwinGuavasLiz Makings led the excellent organization of the event and, by giving an entertaining and insightful overview of the honoree’s personality and career (up to now), expressed a depth of appreciation for Les and his work that was felt by all.

Needless to say, “retirement” is a relative term for Les, and we will be fortunate to rely on his presence and dedication to the Herbarium and collections group for years to come.

Some photos of the party and its diverse and inspired food offerings are posted here.

Thank you, Les.

LandrumRetirement2

Dr. Les Landrum surrounded by friends, colleagues, and students. October 3rd, 2014.

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

Read more

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.