Popular John Moran photography exhibit to remain at Fla. Museum through Jan. 18

December 20th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will extend the display of John Moran’s “Journal of Light: A Photographer’s Search for the Soul of Florida” traveling exhibit until Jan. 18. The popular exhibit features more than 50 color photographs of Florida wildlife and environments with an emphasis on Florida waters.

The exhibit is based on Moran’s popular book, “Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer,” a 20-year collection of photos and essays published in 2004. Inside the exhibit, guests will view alligators’ eyes glowing at dusk, crystal-clear springs, silhouettes against sunsets and sandhill cranes dancing to their own tunes. Other images include the Florida beaches, black-water rivers, palms, live oaks, turtles, flowers and nighttime landscapes that make Florida a natural gem.

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Glow: Living Lights exhibit to shine at Fla. Museum Jan. 28

December 20th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vomiting shrimp, vampire squid and cookie cutter sharks don’t sound too friendly, but they are glowing to help us. The study of these natural light-producing creatures can help discover cancer cures, detect toxic bacteria and expose deadly anthrax spores.

The Florida Museum of Natural History will explore the chemical process behind the phenomenon of natural light and its value for humans when it hosts the traveling exhibition “Glow: Living Lights” Jan. 28 – May 29, 2006. “Glow” is the first museum exhibition to explore the scientific marvel of bioluminescence — the ability of an organism to produce its own light.

“‘Glow’ is a sleek, innovative exhibit that takes museum visitors on an interactive journey into the lives of creatures that glow in the dark,” said Susan Duvenhage, Florida Museum associate director for exhibits and public programs. “On land and in the sea, there are some fascinating animals that not only put on an incredible light show, but have also proven to be key elements of scientific research in a variety of areas.”

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Fla. Museum receives grant to start MESS program in Marion County

December 19th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History has received a $397,143 grant from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families/Head Start Bureau to expand its Marvelous Explorations through Science and Stories program into Marion County.

The Florida Museum will work with Childhood Development Services Inc. of Ocala, Marion County Public Library System, Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center and Marion County Public Schools on this one-year implementation grant.

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Fla. Museum to host lecture on evolution, intelligent design debate

December 14th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a free public lecture on the evolution/intelligent design debate at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006.

The presentation by Wesley Elsberry from the National Center for Science Education is titled “The Top Anti-evolution Arguments and How to Answer Them.” Seating is limited.

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Study first to quantify validity of DNA I.D. tool using marine snails

November 28th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A trendy holiday gift within a decade may be a hand-held device that instantly identifies any species from a snippet of animal tissue, says a Florida Museum of Natural History researcher.

That may be possible thanks to scientific advances that include the first test quantifying the effectiveness of a DNA identification tool among brightly colored shells. With an error rate as low as 4 percent, two UF scientists have been able to identify cowries collected from around the world by analyzing tissue samples from the marine organisms and comparing them to a comprehensive catalog of species they compiled.

The findings are published in the December issue of PLOS Biology.

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Florida Museum to host John Moran book signing Dec. 11

November 23rd, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a book signing by photographer John Moran from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11.

Moran will sign his popular book, “Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer.” The Florida Museum currently is hosting Moran’s “Journal of Light: A Photographer’s Search for the Soul of Florida” traveling exhibit, which is based on the 2004 book. On display through Jan. 2, 2006, the exhibit features more than 50 color photographs of Florida wildlife and environments with an emphasis on Florida waters.

Inside the exhibit, visitors will view alligators’ eyes glowing at dusk, crystal-clear springs, silhouettes against sunsets and sandhill cranes dancing to their own tunes. Other images include the Florida beaches, black-water rivers, palms, live oaks, turtles, flowers and nighttime landscapes that make Florida a natural gem.

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Florida Museum seeks volunteers to work with butterflies

November 22nd, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a training session for volunteers interested in working with butterflies at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dec. 10.

Both adult and junior volunteers, ages 13-17, are needed for various volunteer opportunities. A light breakfast will be provided at the session, but participants must bring their own lunch. No prior experience or special skills are necessary to participate. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Tori Derr, (352) 846-2000, ext. 206. Please R.S.V.P. by Dec. 8.

Media Contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Emily Banks

 

Fla. Museum offers ‘Chorus of Birds’ class for grades k-5 Dec. 3

November 22nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer “Chorus of Birds” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 3 as part of its fall exploration series “Let’s Explore Aquatic Critters” where students in grades k-5 can visit exhibits, make crafts and stretch their imaginations in hands-on classes.

“Chorus of Birds” participants will explore the lifestyles of aquatic birds, including calls, migration and habitats.

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Fla. Museum offers ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ preschool class Dec. 14

November 22nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer its new preschool program “Wigglers and Walkers” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 for children ages 2-5. This month’s program is themed “Earth, Wind and Fire.”

Participants will join Florida Museum docents and staff for child-friendly fun while learning about museum exhibits through crafts, games, stories and other age-appropriate activities. The class will explore how the Earth changes due to natural phenomenons, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and volcanoes.

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Colored pencil society members to sketch at Florida Museum on Saturday, Nov. 12

November 10th, 2005

What:

The Gainesville Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America will meet at the Florida Museum of Natural History, where approximately 15 society members will pencil sketch Florida Museum exhibits.

When:
Beginning about 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12

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