Fla. Museum presents lecture on Caribbean slavery issues

November 2nd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer “Welcome to Slaveryland: African Heritage and the Tourism Industry” as part of its fall seminar series from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 in Room 282 at the University of Florida J. Wayne Reitz Union.

Anthropologist and archaeologist Jay Haviser, who is president of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology and a past president of the Museums Association of the Caribbean, will discuss concerns about recent efforts in the Caribbean to market slavery in historical times as a modern-day tourist attraction. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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

Fla. Museum hosts Oct. 16 paleontology lecture, book signing

October 4th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a free science lecture and book signing beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 by palentologist Mark Renz titled “Giants in the Storm.”

Renz will share images and ideas from his 2005 book by the same name about a 500,000-year-old Southwest Florida riverbed where more than 2,000 bones and teeth of mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, llamas, peccaries and other animals were buried in an area the size of a baseball diamond.

The Florida Museum also will offer its free “Sunday Snoop” program for children ages 4-10 during the lecture. Adults can take a break and enjoy the lecture while museum staff entertain children for an hour with fun activities and a guided tour. Children will be returned to parents at the end of the lecture portion of the program.

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

"Florida’s Past Comes Alive" Oct. 14 at Florida Museum

September 30th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host “Florida’s Past Comes Alive,” featuring a historic re-enactor at 4 p.m. and an illustrated lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 14. Admission is free, but access to the 6 p.m. lecture is limited to the first 200 guests.

Wynne Tatman, acting as a Timucuan named Turtle Woman, will perform “A Living History” at 4 p.m., a program by Heritage of the Ancient Ones that educates her audience on Florida native technology and customs. As Turtle Woman, she presents native foods, clothing, toys, weapons and cultural beliefs and practices. Heritage of the Ancient Ones is a multicultural, nonprofit organization offering educational and environmental awareness programs.

At 6 p.m., archaeologist Judith Bense will present “Spanish Colonial Presidios in West Florida: Holding Florida’s Western Border in the 18th Century.” Bense’s illustrated lecture will focus on new archaeological and historical information about three presidios, or fortified frontier settlements, that existed in Pensacola between 1698 and 1763. Tickets for the lecture, limited to two per person, are required and will be available at the Florida Museum’s front desk beginning at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14.


McGuire Center presents public lecture by renowned ecologist

September 23rd, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity will sponsor a free public lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Auditorium by world-renowned ecologist Daniel Janzen.

Janzen, the University of Pennsylvania DiMaura professor of conservation biology, will discuss “Conservation, caterpillar inventory and DNA barcoding of a large complex tropical wildland.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Janzen has 50 years of experience as a tropical ecologist with an emphasis on preservation and biodiversity. With more than 400 publications on the subjects, he is considered an expert in the fields of tropical science administration and conservation biology. Janzen has received many awards throughout his career, including the first Crafoord Prize in biology by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (1984), the Kyoto Prize in Basic Biology (1997), and the John Scott Award of the City of Philadelphia for activities good for humankind (2003).


Fla. Museum hosts John Moran lecture, book signing Sunday

September 20th, 2005

For Immediate Release Sept 20, 2005

Paul Ramey, Dir. of Marketing and Public Relations
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000, ext. 218, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Emily Banks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — John Moran will present photographic highlights from his 20-year search to discover the soul of natural Florida followed by a book signing from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Florida Museum is hosting John Moran’s “Journal of Light: A Photographer’s Search for the Soul of Florida” traveling exhibit from Saturday (Sept. 24) through Jan. 2, 2006. The 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 2004 book, “Journal of Light,” and is a mid-career retrospective featuring his unusual and creative photographs of the alligators, beaches, birds, blackwater rivers, freshwater springs, palms, live oaks, turtles, flowers and night-time landscapes that make Florida the amazing place we call home.


The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. For more information, including directions and parking information, call (352) 846-2000, or visit the museum online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

Florida Museum curator presents lecture on island birds May 1

April 27th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will provide a Science Sunday lecture titled “Going, Going, Gone: Trouble in Paradise for Island Birds” by Florida Museum Curator of Ornithology David Steadman from 2 – 3 p.m. on May 1.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Guests will learn about the precarious life of birds on islands, with an emphasis on their evolution, ecology and extinction.

Steadman has been published in more than 50 scientific publications and is currently conducting field projects in Fiji, the Cook Islands, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago. He also has been a University of Florida Research Foundation professor for five years.


Press Release Fla. Museum lecture focuses on use of lice in human evolution studies

April 7th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a Science Sunday lecture titled “Of Lice and Men: What Lice and Other Parasites Can Tell Us About Our Evolutionary History” by Florida Museum Curator of Mammals David Reed from 2-3 p.m. on April 24. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Reed will explain how scientists use parasites to better understand human evolutionary history, including parasites such as tapeworms, pinworms, fungi, bacteria and mites, as well as lice. He also will discuss his personal studies of parasites, which recently suggested new events in human evolutionary history that human fossil and DNA sequence data have failed to record.

Reed’s expert research and discoveries in human evolution and parasites have been featured around the world in many news publications, including “The New York Times,” “The London Times,” “National Public Radio” and “The Sydney Morning Herald.”


Fla. Museum hosts lecture on the chemistry behind life

February 4th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a Science Sunday lecture presented by Steven Benner titled “Astrobiology and the Origins of Life” from 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 20. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Steven Benner is the University of Florida V.T. and Louise Jackson Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. He will discuss and demonstrate the chemistry behind life and explain the global model that he and his colleagues are beginning to construct. Guests will learn about diverse topics, from sugar in the galaxy to the first molecules that support Darwinian evolution.

The lecture complements the temporary exhibition “Microbes: Invisible Invaders…Amazing Allies,” on display at the Florida Museum from Feb. 2 – May 30. Microbes is dedicated entirely to understanding the organisms that can either sustain life on Earth or threaten its very existence. It is geared toward children with its interactive, technologically advanced video games, humorous narratives, colorful photographs and fun activities.


Fla. Museum hosts lecture on "Flying Flowers" butterfly book

January 26th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a Science Sunday lecture by Rick Sammon and Alan Chin-Lee that explores their collaborative butterfly book “Flying Flowers” from 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 13. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During the discussion, Sammon and Chin-Lee will show photographs from the book and give participants tips on how to get their own work published. A book signing will follow the lecture. The book includes more than 70 color photographs and notes on butterflies from around the world and is available for purchase in both museum gift shops.

Sammon is a published photographer and author who hosts the Digital Photography Workshop series on the “Do It Yourself” network. His photographs have been published in dozens of nature and photography magazines, as well as major newspapers around the world. Chin-Lee is the Butterfly Rainforest manager at the Florida Museum’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and an amateur Lepidoptera photographer.


Fla. Museum hosts lecture on wild orchids by international expert

January 12th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a Science Sunday lecture on wild orchids by Connie Bransilver from 2-3 p.m. on Jan. 30. The event is free and open to the public.

Bransilver will highlight her experiences surveying Florida orchids and discuss her book, “Wild Love Affair: Essence of Florida’s Native Orchids.” Afterward, Bransilver will sign copies of her book, which explores the Florida wetlands through 148 colorful orchid photographs. The Florida Museum gift shops will have copies of her book for sale during the signing.


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