KU Natural History Museum to offer expanded hours, programs in fall 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd. in Dyche Hall, has more than a dozen events scheduled throughout the fall, beginning with a behind-the-scenes tour of the herpetology collection on Aug. 26.

New this year are Science Saturdays, a monthly family drop-in event with hands-on activities. The first such Science Saturday on Oct. 13 will commemorate National Fossil Day with fossil casting activities, displays of specimens, tours of the vertebrate paleontology laboratory and information about volunteer opportunities in the lab. Other Science Saturday themes focus on insects and body science.

To kick off extended hours on Thursdays, when the museum will be open until 8 p.m., the museum will offer an event for KU students called “Sexy Science” on Sept. 13. The event is co-sponsored by the KU Peer Health Educators and includes activities, games, chocolate deserts and coffee.

The events schedule also includes off-campus activities for adults such as the Science on Tap series of science and technology discussions held at Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St., and Science on the Spot: Bar Edition, which brings science experiments out of the classroom and into the Red Lyon Tavern, 944 Massachusetts St.

In collaboration with the KU Memorial Unions and KU History.com, the museum will also offer a lecture and exhibition dedicated to the adventures of the naturalist and KU professor Lewis Lindsay Dyche, for whom Dyche Hall is named.

Full event details are available on the museum's events page and promoted via the museum’s Facebook page and Twitter. Some events require pre-registration by calling 785.864.4450, but most events are free:

Behind-the-scenes: herpetology tour
4 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2012
Pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. August 24

Science on the Spot: Bar Edition
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Red Lyon Tavern, 944 Massachusetts St.

Sexy Science
5 p.m. September 13, 2012
Dyche Hall

Saving Species: the critical role of zoos and aquariums (A Science on Tap event)
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St.

Campus Art Walk 2012 kick-off
1:30 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2012 
Dyche Hall

Comanche and Other Unusual Taxidermy (A part of Lawrence Nerd Nite)
8 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Pachamama, 800 New Hampshire St.

Science Saturday: National Fossil Day
1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2012
Dyche Hall

Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the Expanding Universe (A Science on Tap Event)
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Free State Brewery

Drop-in and Draw: mammal skulls
5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012
Dyche Hall

Exhibit opening: L. L. Dyche' "Magic Lantern" Revisited
6:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012
 RSVP requested by 5 p.m. Oct. 31 (785.864.4450)
Dyche Hall

The Adventures of Lewis Lindsay Dyche and the Advent of Kansas Conservationism
7 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2012
The Commons in Spooner Hall

What’s the Matter?…with Teresa and Bekkah (no suggestions, please)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7
$10 members, $12 not-yet-members
Learn the principles of matter and mass at this workshop especially for adults.
Pre-registration required by Nov. 5: 785.864.4450

Mayan Myths: The end is near -- or is it? (A Science on Tap Event)
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Free State Brewing Co., 636 Massachusetts St.

Science Saturday: Insects
1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012
Dyche Hall

Science Saturday: the body
1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012
Dyche Hall

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