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Revisiting Akeley's Gorillas

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Stephen C. Quinn, senior project manager in the Museum’s Department of Exhibition, recently traveled to the eastern Congo basin to visit the exact site depicted in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals’ mountain gorilla diorama which is based on paintings, photographs, and specimens collected in the field by explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley and his team in 1921 and 1926.

Like the artists on Akeley’s 1926 expedition, Quinn used field sketches and paintings to document the area’s flora and fauna, recording the changes that have taken place and reinforcing the important role artists play in habitat conservation and environmental education. In this eight-minute highlight video from a recent talk at the Museum, Quinn shares finished works, including a panoramic plein air painting.

Watch the video, which includes footage from the field, here:


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Museum Announces March 3 Dinosaur Tweetup

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Did you know that dinosaur bones contain growth rings, like the rings in tree trunks, which reveal yearly periods of rapid and slow growth? Or that sauropods, the largest known dinosaurs, probably survived on a diet of plants? This is your chance to learn about dinosaurs — and to tweet all about it!

Join us on Thursday, March 3, at 6 pm for the Museum’s next tweetup, which will focus on some of the most fascinating animals ever to walk the Earth. Learn about dinosaurs, meet paleontologists, go behind the scenes to see how fossils are stored, and get a sneak preview of The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a new exhibition that opens April 16. Enjoy refreshments in the Museum’s famous fossil halls and meet other @AMNH followers and staff.

Visit the registration page to sign up today. The Museum will notify all selected participants on February 23. The Museum’s January tweetup focused on Brain: The Inside Story. To learn more, check out these photos or read this post.

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Going to Graduate School at the Museum

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For an extraordinary group of New York City students, going to class means passing a Neanderthal skeleton, a 94-foot-long model of a blue whale, and a family of brown bears — and that’s just on the first floor.

These are the 13 students now enrolled in the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, which in 2006 became the only American museum—and the first museum in the Western Hemisphere—with the authority to grant the Ph.D. degree. In 2008, the Museum made history by enrolling its first class. Just last year, the New York State Board of Regents granted full institutional accreditation to the Richard Gilder Graduate School, a landmark decision that recognized the strength of the new program and the Museum’s long track record of training graduate students in partnership with leading institutions that include Columbia University, New York University, Cornell University, City University of New York, and Stony Brook University.

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Podcast: SciCafe: Reality is Broken

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Hundreds of millions of people globally — 174 million in the United States alone — regularly inhabit virtual worlds because they provide the rewards, challenges, and victories that are often lacking in everyday life.

In this podcast from a recent SciCafe, Jane McGonigal, who studies games that require and harness the power of collective intelligence, talked about how games can change and influence life in the real world.

The next SciCafe, “Know Your Roots,” takes place on March 2, 2011. Learn more about this popular after-hours series featuring cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics.

The talk was recorded at the Museum on February 2, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (1 hour, 3 mins, 75 MB)

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Romance Under the Stars

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On Monday, February 14, astronomer Ted Williams will lead a romantic tour of the night sky as part of Romance Under the Stars, a special Valentine’s Day program that begins with a cocktail hour and concludes with the tour in the Hayden Planetarium. Williams recently answered a few questions about winter stargazing and shared his favorite constellation story.

Can you share a few tips for stargazing in February?

Although the nights are cold, sometimes the air can be the steadiest. February offers up some of the brightest stars of the year. A good variety of colors can be seen in those bright stars, even in the skies above New York. Due to the colder weather, consider looking at the winter sky with binoculars. You can easily pick out a few brighter star clusters in the winter sky with the assistance of low power binoculars.

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