University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

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Names have been used since time immemorial, to identify, track and connote meaning to individuals, geographic points and places, phenomena, library materials, astronomical points and conditions, weather events, and many other things.  One place where names have long been crucial and continue to have vibrant and sustained values is in the biological sciences, where biological nomenclature (e.g. the binomial system developed by Linnaeus) is used to associate and track information, from genes to ecosystems.  In this conference, we examine the application and meaning of names in the ways they have been used traditionally, and for objects, events and phenomena that form part of the last and current centuries, including disciplines and arenas such as molecular biology, information science, computer science and emerging new digital media and the semantic web domains (to name a few).  It explores the development and application of names, and how they are used to connote concepts and associate a variety of information to, and between, names.  We call on speakers from across these broad segments of our society, within and outside academia, to explore and bring into view commonalities and differences, and to declare and debate new meaning in the vital giving and linking of names.


Program: Summer Museum Workshops for Children

We are excited about our summer workshops for 2014! We will be meeting every Friday morning from June 6 - August 8 (except July 4).

Registration is now open for our 2014 Summer Workshops for Children! This summer our workshops will focus on Art and Science. The museum will be hosting an exhibition of works by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.  This rich resource of scientifically informed observation, combined with technical and aesthetic skills, will be our jumping off point for fun and informative explorations of our natural world.

Project: CondorWatch

CondorWatch is a new citizen science program which hopes to improve understanding of the California condor and reduce some of the dangers to its existence. The project asks volunteers to look at photographs of condors, identify the tag number of each condor, and describe behaviors that are easily observed to give researchers a peek into the social networks of these iconic birds. 

Exhibit: DNA to Diversity

This new exhibit aims to educate the public about the emerging science of evolutionary developmental biology, commonly shortened to “evo devo”. Dan Medeiros, Ph.D., a researcher who focuses on evo devo here at the University of Colorado, explains “Evo Devo tries to understand a fundamental question – how does evolution create new things? How do this force of nature, shaping life on the planet, work at fundamental levels?”

Project: Notes from Nature

Take Notes From Nature

Notes from Nature is a transcription project allowing people just like you to sit down (or stand up) right now and start digitizing collections from more than 200 institutions. Until now many of these collections have only been accessible in person.


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