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  • The Konovalenko Project: Day 3 Update!

    Posted 03/28/2012 by Steve Nash | Comments
    Today Rick faced the biggest photography challenge to date, with two really big pieces (photos will follow soon) and three smaller pieces. The Painter is not a typical Konovalenko sculpture -- note the figure is static, not dynamic. The Fisherman is more dynamic, having just lost the big one t…
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  • The Konovalenko Project: Day 2 Update!

    Posted 03/27/2012 by Steve Nash | Comments
    Today I conducted more interviews with Ms. Konovalenko, focusing on the Museum's sculptures and family archives. Rick took photographs of a Fisherman statue and various clay sculptures that Konovalenko used as models for the stone sculptures. Note the rabbit -- the pencil marks …
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  • The Konovalenko Project: Day 1 Update!

    Posted 03/26/2012 by Steve Nash | Comments
    We just finished our first day of work with the Konovalenko family. I conducted two hours of oral history with Anna Konovalenko, the artist's wife; Rick Wicker photographed two clay models of sculptures in the DMNS collection. The photos above include overviews of Sauna I: The Thin a…
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  • Yo Pearl Salutes Cool Science Chicks: Meet Carolyn Dong

    Posted 03/22/2012 by Nicole Garneau | Comments
    I first read about Dr. Carolyn Dong (now Shore) in one of my very favorite nerd guilty-pleasures, a publication by the American Society for Microbiology called MICROBE (see this link for more MICROBE madness). When I looked her up on her advisor's website, I was stoked to see this:…
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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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  • The Konovalenko Project

    Posted 03/21/2012 by Steve Nash | Comments
    The Konovalenko Project team is off to Europe to work with Ms. Anna Konovalenko! Since her husband Vasily's untimely death in 1989, Ms. Konovalenko has worked tirelessly to enhance her husband's legacy and help the world enjoy his art. While museum photographer Rick Wicker takes high quality …
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  • Cool Stuff in Image Archives-Two Guys and a Gun

    Posted 03/21/2012 by Library | Comments

    Figgins and Reinheimer in the Field - c. 1913-1933

    Museum Director Jesse Dade Figgins and Preparator Philip Reinheimer pose for a photo in a log cabin while out on a specimen-collecting trip in the field likely sometime in the 1920s. While expeditions today rely on computers and cameras, …
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  • Polar Bear Trip 2012!

    Posted 03/12/2012 by John Demboski | Comments
    POLAR BEAR WATCH In mid-October, some hundreds of polar bears begin arriving in Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world. The bears are waiting for the ice to come to Hudson Bay so they can hunt for their primary food source, seals. Normally these bears are solitary, but th…
  • 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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  • Cool Stuff In Image Archives-Cottontail with Horns

    Posted 03/02/2012 by Library | Comments
    This rabbit, while not part of the collection, was brought to the Museum in the early 1900's for inspection.  According to Head of Zoology and Curator John Demboski, this is caused by a virus related to the family of human Papilloma viruses (HPVs) and thought to be the basis for the Jacka…
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