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  • Tidbits, September 2011
    already in dinosaurs and pterosaurs and has done field work in Montana and museum work in China Natalia Villavicencio joins the Barnosky Lab She attended the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and will be focusing on paleoecology Whitney Reiner joins the Hlusko Lab She received her M A from CUNY Hunter College this past spring and her B A from New York University in 2006 She is focusing on primate evolution Congratulations To Cindy Looy who received a Hellman Family Faculty Fund research award in support of her research on late Paleozoic conifers To Brian Swartz Not only did he finish his Ph D but he also has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship to stay here and work with Brent Mishler on the structure of evolutionary theory the nature of species speciesism and the sociopolitical ramifications of speciesist thinking and scientific illiteracy Other UCMP news Liz Boatman a Ph D student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley has been working with Mark Goodwin on the preservation of dinosaur soft tissues and fossil baleen for the past two years and Mark serves on her Ph D committee Liz received Best Student Poster Prize at the Microscopy and

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  • Friends of UCMP, September 2011
    Nelson H H Graburn and Mrs Katherine K Graburn Stephen Hoffman Randy Irmis The Jonicks Sarah Gary Kathleen Patrick and Hannah Susan M Kishi Zhexi Luo and Sharon Feng Martha A Maricle Juanita Neilands Clare O Reilly Raymond Wong Jesse Jones and Julie Beagle James and Harriet Jo Sanders Sustaining Mary E Arbogast Don and Lucy Campbell Joseph and Susan Cerny Pam and Ted Davalos Dr Joe Enloe and Mrs

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  • UCMP newsletter for May 2011
    at the Children s Discovery Museum mammoth exhibit opening in June Collaboration results in San Jose museum s mammoth exhibit Exhibition at the Children s Discovery Museum is scheduled to open in June Cataloging the archives Update I Progress on the cataloging process April showers bring Cal Day and crowds The annual open house is a big draw once again Letter from the Director A few words from Charles Marshall

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  • Collaboration results in San Jose museum's mammoth exhibit
    pieced together evidence to understand her life It is designed to spark the scientist within each child to make discoveries find out more and tell the stories of their explorations At the same time the exhibition is also providing the opportunity for Maureen Callanan CoPI and her graduate students from UCSC to study how children learn and interact with their parents and caregivers and to examine how young children respond to evidence based science learning experiences Their research has been critical in guiding exhibit development from a cognitive psychology perspective A mother and daughter admire the skull of Lupé the San Jose mammoth in a prototyping room at the Children s Discovery Museum in San Jose Prototyping refers to the museum s early testing of exhibits as a way to gauge visitor response and exhibit effectiveness And the project team members from UCMP Judy Scotchmoor CoPI and graduate student Kaitlin Maguire participated in the weekly team meetings from the start helping to keep the science authentic avoid possible misconceptions participate in brainstorming sessions offer suggestions on activities provide access to resources and answer questions as needed However for both of them this has been an extraordinary learning experience Moving from conceptual goals to vague exhibit ideas to detailed sketches to prototypes to final decisions on exhibit components and their design and construction may seem ordinary to Jenni Martin PI and Director of Education and Sara DeAngelis Senior Exhibit Developer and the rest of the exhibit team at the CDM but to us it was simply amazing Explaining to the CDM team that scientists can estimate the height of a mammoth from the length of its femur resulted in a chair where visitors can sit and compare their femur length to that of Lupé an examination of the end of the

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  • Cataloging the archives: Update I
    middle and Dana Riess Middle These field notes dating from 1916 have been cataloged but have yet to be stored in an archival quality envelope Right Shelves in the Type Room with a variety of archival materials yet to be cataloged such as film rolls of illustrations and maps glass slides and ledgers The first step of the cataloging process was to install Archon user friendly software for inputting and publishing online descriptions of our holdings Joyce Gross a programmer with the Berkeley Natural History Museums BNHM completed this at the end of January In February Assistant Director Mark Goodwin and Museum Scientist Pat Holroyd hired two remarkable undergraduate students through the University Research Apprentice Project URAP Jessica Jedvaj and Dana Riess Unpaid but earning up to three units of academic credit for the semester Jessica and Dana have been busy using the Archon interface to enter data on over 100 years of field notes The speed with which they re entering data has surprised everyone and it s looking like a good 75 of the field notes information will have been entered by the end of the semester Jessica plans to continue assisting UCMP through the summer but Dana has accepted a summer internship at the Smithsonian in Washington DC Meanwhile UCMP Graphic Designer and Archivist for the CLIR project Dave Smith customized the public interface of the Archon software to make it look more like a natural part of the UCMP website He also did a general survey and mapped out the locations of archival flotsam scattered throughout UCMP s vast collections space For professional advice on how to better conserve UCMP s archival holdings Dave and Pat turned to the Bancroft Library s Appraisal Archivist Lauren Lassleben Meeting with Lauren in mid March Dave and Pat received

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  • Letter from the Director
    how species respond to environmental and climate change by shifts in distribution and habitat preferences Sarah Werning who receives the Peabody Fellowship to support her research on the evolution of growth and metabolic rates in living and extinct vertebrates as expressed in bone tissue Sarah will also receive support from the Joseph T Gregory fund to support field work at the Hayden Quarry Ghost Ranch New Mexico Molly Wright who receives the UCMP Fellowship to support her research on the evolution of monogamy in stomatopods Jean Alupay receives funding from the Dr Frank Elmer Peabody Memorial Fellowship to support her studies on the evolution of autotomy the shedding of a limb or a body part in cephalopods Jessie Atterholt receives support from the Doris O and Samuel P Welles Fund which will allow for 3 D skeletal renderings for use in the geometric morphometric analysis of several taxa to better understand avian skeletal development Jennifer Hofmeister receives support from the Remington Kellogg Research Fund to conduct population surveys of octopuses their invertebrate prey and their vertebrate predators to test their correlation Emily Lindsey receives support from the Welles fund which will allow her to re date several now extinct South American Pleistocene taxa using advanced techniques in order to evaluate the possibility of Holocene persistence of these megafauna in South America In addition UCMP Graduate Student Research Grants have been awarded to Joey Pakes who receives support through the Dorothy K Palmer Memorial Fund to conduct an integrative investigation using stable isotope experiments in the field as well as molecular methods and microscopy of two crustacean classes living in anchialine caves Rosemary Romero for DNA analysis that will support her studies regarding temporal availability and abundance of waterborne propagules in coastal and estuarine ecosystems Susan Tremblay for field work in

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  • Tidbits, May 2011
    restricted to small groves at mid elevations in the Sierra Nevada and grow nowhere else in the world as native populations The design for the latest UCMP tee shirt featured Metasequoia New tee shirts are introduced on Cal Day each year Congratulations To Jean Alupay Jessie Atterholt Liz Ferrer and Jenny Hofmeister who passed their oral exams To David Hurt who has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research on the potential effects of ocean acidification on the physiology and behavior of porcelain crabs during their development To Emily Lindsey who received the 2011 George D Louderback award to support her research on the exchange of megafauna between North and South America To Rosemary Romero who has been awarded the Office of the President s 2011 2012 Mentor Research Award To Allison Stegner who received an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and also was accepted to attend the Paleobiology Database Quantitative Methods course in Australia Allison is using the Quaternary paleontological record to understand how past and present day communities are related Many thanks To Masahiko Nakayama for his very generous donation of his extraordinary shell collection Due both to their rarity and beauty many of the shells have already found their way into our teaching collections and the remainder will be re packaged into kits with suggested activities to motivate student learning and made available to local K 12 teachers We are most appreciative And some sad news Harley Garbani who worked with UCMP field parties in Montana since 1972 passed away April 20th His many contributions to our collections include the hadrosaur skull exhibited in the atrium just outside the door to the museum and the skull of a very young Triceratops a restoration of which is on display in the Biosciences library Harley

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  • Friends of UCMP, May 2011
    UCMP We would like to welcome the following new or renewing members to our Friends of UCMP Benefactor Elton L Puffer Patron Howard A Bern Claire Englander Todd R Olson Harlan Spiva Phyllis and Max Thelen Sustaining William Ahern Karen Elkington David C Gan Donald Stapleton Donor Sharon J Coon Fossils for Fun Society Harry Fierstine Mary Jane Holmes and Tom Debley Barbara Judd Theophan Lyman John Mawby Become a

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