Upcoming Programs

Museum educational programs include workshops, lectures, movies, and field trips on natural and environmental topics throughout the year.

 

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Date

Time Program Title & Description

Location

Thursday,

November 20, 2014

7:00 p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar

GIS Day Celebration

 

In conjunction with the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, speakers from across the UI Campus and beyond will make presentations to celebrate GIS Day 2014.  These talks will explore GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping, geospatial technologies and tools, and their use for research, education, and real-world applications on campus and in the community.  

 

This year's speakers are:

 

Adam Skibbe (UI Dept. of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences):

"An introduction to LiDAR applications on campus"


Michelle L. Wienhold, PhD (IIHR, Hydroscience & Engineering, Iowa Flood Center):

"GIS and Archaeology: A spatial analysis of rock art in southern California"


Joshua Randall (IIHR, Hydroscience & Engineering, Iowa Flood Center):

"Mapping Power: Exploring the Impact of GIS on Politics"


Kevin Matthews (UI: Dept. of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences):

"GIS Applications to Health Care and Medicine: a show and tell"

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub, 3rd floor

Friday, December 5, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Hadrosaur Havoc

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

Travel back in time to take a look into a diverse family of dinosaurs commonly known as ‘duckbills’.  Boasting some crazy head gear, they grew to be one of the abundant groups of dinosaurs during the Cretaceous Period.

 

Iowa Hall

Sunday, December 7, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Movies@MNH: Arctic Dinosaurs- Warm Blooded Creatures of the Cretaceous?

 

How is it that dinosaurs have managed to survive and even thrive in the gloom of the dark and frigid polar regions? This is one of the most intriguing enigmas in paleontology. And now, a unique field expedition to Alaska will utilize extreme engineering and perilous fossil hunting to defrost a jackpot of new fossil clues. With the help of stunning CGI, NOVA breathes life into the polar dinosaurs' lives and environment in vivid detail.
[LENGTH: 56 minutes; No Rating]

 

Macbride Auditorium

Thursday,

December 11, 2014

7:00 p.m.

UI Explorers Seminar

"Linking Pathogen Evolution with Human History"

Andrew Kitchen, UI Anthropology

 

Pathogens and parasites have evolved in intimate relationships with their human hosts, and have often played central roles in human population history. Notably, human pathogens evolve with surprising rapidity, quickly exploiting novel niches introduced by shifts in human behavior or ecology. In this seminar, Drew Kitchen will present recent work that investigates the connection between pathogen/parasite evolution and the history of their human host populations. He will also explore how human parasites, such as lice, may colonize new niches introduced by shifts in human behavior, and in so doing, become unique markers of our evolutionary history.

 

Biosphere Discovery Hub, 3rd floor

Friday, December 12, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Night at the Museum: Hadrosaur Havoc

(Pre-registration required. Fee is $30 per child, Grades 1-5)

 

Trek through the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science after dark! Each month students will travel through time and around the planet with interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities on a variety of topics.  The group will eat pizza sponsored by Papa John’s on Gilbert Street, and each student will receive their own official MNH Miner Hat with headlamp to explore the galleries in the dark.

 

Travel back in time to take a look into a diverse family of dinosaurs commonly known as ‘duckbills’.  Boasting some crazy head gear, they grew to be one of the abundant groups of dinosaurs during the Cretaceous Period.

 

Iowa Hall