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  • New species can be published online

    Posted 09/18/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    2012 has brought two pivotal decisions for the publication of newly discovered species. Before, everything relevant to scientific names (nomenclature) had to be published on hard copy. From this year, species discoveries can be published in online journals. Electronic works containing new anima…
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  • Big NSF grant for Entomology Collection

    Posted 05/23/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Great success for the DMNS Entomology Program! We received over $ 360.000 from NSF to support "Uncrowding, Rehousing, and Digitization of the Insect Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science" (DBI-1203367). This grant will provide for a curatorial assistant for three years (David Bettm…
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  • Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network funded

    Posted 04/24/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    The Southwest Collections or Arthropods Network (SCAN) is a collaborative project to make arthropod collections from ten southwestern institutions accessible online. It is led by Neil Cobb from Northern Arizona University and involves Frank Krell, Paula Cushing and Jeff Stephenson from DMNS. The fun…
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  • Academic Publishers' Time Travel

    Posted 03/22/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Publication dates seem to have become meaningless. We could buy books at Christmas 2011 with the publication date 2012. In November 2011 we already received journal issues of February 2012. Presenting us with false publication dates is not only annoying when it comes to determining intellectua…
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  • What you always wanted to know about the Impact Factor

    Posted 03/08/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Scientists often are evaluated by metrics based on citations of scientific papers, because of a common belief that more citations equates higher quality. Is is so? A commonly used metric, the Journal Impact Factor, mainly considers the citations of other scientists' papers. Does this make sens…
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  • Insect Exhibit reopens

    Posted 02/09/2012 by Frank Krell | Comments
    During the last six months, the largest specimen from the Snowmass dig, a massive mammoth, was prepared in the insect exhibit area. The insects were boarded up and out of visitors' view. This week, the mammoth moved to the Paleo Lab, and the DMNS Insect exhibit reopened! We used the occupation…
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  • Visit from Guatemala

    Posted 12/02/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    From 30 November to 4 December, Enio Cano from Guatemala visited DMNS. He is curator of the arthropod collection of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and an expert of bess beetles (Passalidae) and Rutelinae. We invited him with a stipend from the Lloyd David and Carlye Cannon Wattis Found…
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  • 1831 Bumble Bee Beetle - Zoology Object of the Week (July 20, 2011)

    Posted 07/20/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    How long do dead insects last? Visitors often ask this question when they see our collections containing specimens from the late 1800s. The answer is that they can last hundreds of years or even longer if properly preserved, protected from light, humidity and pest insects. The oldest pinned in…
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  • Dung beetles' seed dispersal

    Posted 06/08/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Many plants rely on animals to disperse their seeds. Animals feed on their fruit and drop the seeds with their feces. Then dung beetles get involved. Particularly in tropical ecosystems, dung beetles are important secondary seed dispersers. Roller beetles relocate them on the horizontally by r…
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  • Teen Science Scholars working

    Posted 06/07/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Four high school students, Samantha Beirne, Isabelle Gunn, Brianne Palmer and Gary Olds, were selected by the DMNS Teen Science Scholar program to work in the Bison Beetle Project. The Scholars help collect samples and mount, label and sort the insect material, preparing it for statistical ana…
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