Florida Museum of Natural History announces fall exhibits, programs

September 7th, 2012

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“Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature”
Sept. 29, 2012–Jan. 2, 2013

“Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature” takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through “Peanuts” comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations. Visitors get a “Peanuts”-eye view of topics including the universe, “web of nature,” trees, birds, the elements, gardening and Charlie Brown’s Environmental Protection Agency escapade. Scientifically oriented interactive stations and specimens from the Florida Museum’s collections allow visitors to learn more about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world. Organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif. Admission is $4 for adults ($3.50 for Fla. residents, seniors 62+ and college students), $3 for ages 3-17 and free for museum members and children 2 and under. (more…)

Museum scientists find state record 87 eggs in largest python from Everglades

August 13th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida researchers curating a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python, the largest found in Florida, discovered 87 eggs in the snake, also a state record.

Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus examined the internal anatomy of the 164.5-pound snake Friday. The animal was brought to the Florida Museum from Everglades National Park as part of a long-term project with the U.S. Department of the Interior to research methods for managing the state’s invasive Burmese python problem. Following scientific investigation, the snake will be mounted for exhibition at the museum for about five years, and then returned for exhibition at Everglades National Park. (more…)

PBS ‘Dinosaur Train’ host Dr. Scott, T-rex Buddy to appear at Fla. Museum March 26

March 5th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dr. Scott the paleontologist, and Buddy the T-rex from the popular PBS TV show “Dinosaur Train” will visit the Florida Museum of Natural History from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 26 for a free public program.

Presented in partnership with WUFT-TV/DT and the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, the event features educational, dinosaur-themed activities and an opportunity for children to meet Buddy, the star of the newest PBS KIDS show. Activities include dinosaur games, songs, coloring stations, a meet and greet session and more. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts award-winning history painter Jackson Walker April 19

April 4th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for “Science Sundays” at 2:30 p.m. April 19 with award-winning Florida history painter Jackson Walker.

Walker, artist-in-residence at the Museum of Florida Art in DeLand, will display some of his work and discuss how he recreates past events in his oil paintings. His work is known nationally for its accurate portrayals of historical circumstances and he has become recognized as a reliable source of historic vision. His portrayals have been featured on television productions of the A&E Network, including the History Channel, and in many publications and books, as well as various private and institutional collections. His work also has been commissioned by the Florida National Guard and the National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C.

Walker was awarded the Florida Commendation Medal and other honors for his work documenting Florida’s military history, and has received official recognition by two Florida secretaries of state and the endorsement of the Florida Historical Society. (more…)

Fla. Museum to celebrate Darwin’s 200th birthday with events Thursday, Saturday

February 10th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Come celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, of one of science’s most influential figures, at the Florida Museum of Natural History Thursday and Saturday.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 12, join Betty Smocovitis of the University of Florida’s zoology and history departments for “Singing His Praises: Darwin and His Theory in Song and Musical Production.”

This lecture will examine the issues and controversies of Darwin’s theory of evolution through song while studying the link between modern science and pop culture. To sweeten the event, a birthday cake featuring Darwin will be served.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, those curious to learn more about evolution and want to see evidence of the process can take part in “Darwin Day” with Florida Museum collections staff. (more…)

See top student talent in arts, sciences Sunday at Fla. Museum, Harn Museum

January 6th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Learn about new scientific research and view original works of visual and performing art from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in the Arts and Sciences, hosted by the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art.

In addition to more than 100 science posters, visitors may see 32 works of visual art, two film displays and 10 musical, dance and theatre performances.

“This event gives undergraduates a unique opportunity to communicate the research they’ve completed over the summer in a more interdisciplinary forum than they usually see, in front of staff from prestigious science foundations that sponsor research, the arts community and the general public,” said Randy Duran, a University of Florida chemistry professor and director of the university’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life Program. (more…)

Fla. Museum, Harn Museum to host arts and sciences event Jan. 11

December 9th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore scientific research and innovative art by the next generation of scientists and artists at the Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in the Arts and Sciences on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at the Florida Museum of Natural History and Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

Top undergraduate students from the University of Florida, Morehouse College, Louisiana State University, Lincoln University, Furman University, The University of Puerto Rico and other schools will display scientific posters and works of visual and performing art from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For the first time, the program features student art entries including two- and three-dimensional works, videos, dance performances and music recitals.

UF College of Fine Arts Dean Lucinda Lavelli said she is excited to see the variety of art students are submitting. (more…)

Celebrate undergraduate creativity in arts, sciences at Fla. Museum, Harn Museum

November 12th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art will host the interdisciplinary Celebration of Undergraduate Creativity in the Arts and Sciences, an exhibition of research and projects in all artistic and scientific disciplines, on Jan. 11, 2009.

For the first time, the program includes student entries from the performing and fine arts and the Harn Museum Art is participating as a venue.

The event is a joint effort of the University of Florida and partners including Morehouse College, Louisiana State University, Lincoln University, Furman University, The University of Puerto Rico and others. Sponsors for the event include the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts evolution vs. intelligent design documentary screening Feb. 12 "Flock of Dodos" film to be shown in Harn Museum of Art auditorium

January 29th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is sponsoring a screening of the film “Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus” at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza. Admission is free but tickets are required. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (352) 846-2000, ext. 275.

A panel discussion follows the screening, including Frederick Gregory of the UF Department of History and Bruce MacFadden, Florida Museum vertebrate paleontology curator.

The documentary provides an entertaining look at the evolution-intelligent design debate. The Florida Museum is one of more than 30 museums across the country showing the film on Darwin Day, the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday on Feb. 12, 1809. Darwin provided the first coherent theory of evolution by means of natural selection and his name is used for events which seek to acquaint the public with the theory and its importance to biology. (more…)

Fla. Museum hosts presentation covering 100 years of physics Feb. 11

January 28th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host University of Florida physics professor Tarek Saab for a “Journey Through Time and Space” from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Saab will discuss 100 years of physics from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking to the newest questions regarding dark matter and dark energy. He also plans to explain how the two seeming disparate fields of astrophysics and sub-atomic physics have made amazing advancements leading to our current detailed, but experimental, understanding of the cosmos.

The presentation is part of the Florida Museum “Science Sundays” series. Other presentations this spring include Florida manatees on March 18 and the evolution of the Florida cottonmouth’s venom on April 15. All presentations are from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (more…)

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