October’s Featured Events – Eventos de Outubro
Museum in the Dark
Thursday, October 28
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join us at the Museum for our annual Halloween event. Come in costume, trick-or-treat at astromony stations throughout the Museum, hold some creepy crawlies, make your own cider, and more! Presented in collaboration with the Cornell Department of Astronomy.
Members: $5 adult – $3 student/senior – $2 Youth (4 to 17) – Children 3 and under are Free
Non Members: $10 adult – $7student/senior – $5 Youth (4 to 17) – Children 3 and under are Free
What’s Going On?
Research Lab Renovations
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Academic Research Infrastructure grant program, which will allow funding for the renovation of four research labs over the course of the next year. Including this grant, PRI has received over $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
HOLT Architects of Ithaca is partnering with PRI on the renovation project, which has the goal of renovating existing spaces to create four state-of-the-art science labs by next summer. This partnership will be advantageous to the project by increasing collaborative research and research training efforts within PRI.
Each of the four new laboratories will have a unique function. BioLab, available for “clean” activities using microscopes and chemicals, and PaleoLab, an area for “dirty” geological procedures, such as rock sawing and sieving sediment, will be basic, flexible, general-use spaces, allowing for their use to be tailored to the needs of resident staff at PRI. WetLab will house 15-25 five to ten gallon tanks on adjustable shelving and will include appropriate drains and ventilation for the maintenance of living aquatic organisms. The final renovation, PrepLab, is actually an update of the existing fossil Preparation Laboratory located within the Museum of the Earth as a part of its permanent exhibits. The new PrepLab will have improved ventilation and work flow, and, more importantly, will improve the overall experience for the public visiting the Museum by creating more interaction with scientists and volunteer preparators.
Other Upcoming Events
MOTE on the Mall
October 23 & 24
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Join us at the USA Science & Engineering Festival if you are in the Washington, DC area on October 23 & 24. PRI staff are heading down to the nation’s capitol with a truckload of Devonian shale. We’ll be offering a dig-pit for visitors to find their very own Devonian fossil and getting the word out about all that we do here. We’d love to see you there!
Beer & Bivalves
Friday, November 5
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join us at the Museum of the Earth for a fun fall evening in support of science. Explore our newest exhibit Science on the Half Shell: How and Why We Study Evolution while enjoying snacks and local beer provided by Catering by Joe’s, as well as music by The Glacial Erratics. We hope you can join us for this rollicking good time in support of science education at the Museum of the Earth! Tickets $15 (includes two drink tickets). Click here to purchase yours!
Did You Know?
What can bivalves do with their gills other than “breathe”?
Answer: Eat! A bivalve’s “feeding gill” (present in the majority of bivalve species) uses cilia-covered filaments arranged like a sieve to filter food particles from the water as the bivalve pulls water in and out to respire. This feature was a very important innovation in early bivalve evolution.
Learn more about bivalves – clams, scallops, oysters, mussels, and more – in our new exhibit, Science on the Half Shell: How and Why We Study Evolution.
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