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Monthly Archive: December

Member Profile: Rapid Fire Questions With Ian Leaver

Posted: August 30, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A photograph of a young man in a blue sweater standing in front of three Roman busts.

Ian Leaver is a 25-year-old ROM Member with autism who visits the Museum often, touring the exhibitions and spending time with other ROM visitors and staff. Ian's mother, Wendy, says that although Ian does not ask many questions due to his disability, his visits to the ROM have brought out a curiosity she has not seen in him before.

What inspired your first visit to the ROM?

I like Dinosaurs and my sister gave me a Membership.

How would you describe the ROM to a friend who had never visited the Museum before?

A Different Kind of Mezcal Worm: The Story of a Leech, a Manatee and Biodiversity Conservation

Posted: August 29, 2016 - 08:57 , by admin
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Photo of a leech against a white background

Blog by Roegan Vetro, ROM Biodiversity Gallery Facilitator

Profile: Canada's Astronaut

Posted: August 29, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A photograph of a man in an astronaut suit without a helmet

Chris Hadfield sits down with ROM Magazine and talks space, dinos, and risk.

ROM Collections Contribute to Checklist of Indian Birds

Posted: August 25, 2016 - 11:42 , by Brad Millen
Brad Millen examines one of countless drawers full of bird specimens from across the world. Photo by Filip Szafirowski

Museum collections are often undervalued and misunderstood. Regular visitors to the ROM don’t get to see what lies behind the public galleries, and yet less than 1% of the ROM’s collections are on display. These collections do far more than gather dust: they are a reference point in time, and, from a natural history perspective, provide a baseline for our understanding of life. I have received a lot of data requests from inside and outside the ROM. Some I can answer, and some I automatically forward along to collections. A group of recent emails stood out in particular...

Tattoos: Today

Posted: August 25, 2016 - 08:00 , by Ann Webb
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Picture of actor Angelina Jolie in a blue dress showing her tattoos on her neck and shoulder

Although tattooing has deep roots across cultures and has spread globally, across several millennia, the Western perception of tattoos, the tattooist, and the tattooed has had connotations of deviance. 

Were These Peruvian Mummies Climate Change Nomads?

Posted: August 24, 2016 - 13:13 , by Ryan Dodge
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Join the ROM team in the field in Peru

Tattoos: Arctic

Posted: August 23, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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drawn picture of a woman dressed in fur in a snow hut surrounded by shelves of pots and antlers

How tattoos are viewed in the Arctic communities.

Profile: Marianne Mader

Posted: August 22, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Woman in a black dress and glasses standing in front of purple crystals incased in a rock

New on the Ground (and in Space)

The ROM’s Marianne Mader discusses her inspirations and what’s next for her.

What made you pursue planetary science as a study?

The TRCA Calls Upon Batman for Help

Posted: August 18, 2016 - 14:33 , by Stacey Kerr
Dr. Burton Lim (left) and ROM Biodiversity's Nicole Richards (right) walk along the Scarborough Bluffs waterfront en route to one of the three bat detectors. Photo by Filip Szafirowski

It’s been a hot summer, the sun is shining and the Scarborough Bluffs are standing tall above the Lake Ontario shoreline. But they might not be for long. The Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto’s east end are eroding at a rapid rate, increasing the likelihood of slope failure and damage to local species’ habitats. Although the cliffs have been eroding since the 1940s, the view from atop the Bluffs was too enticing to prevent people from further settling there. As houses were feverishly built along the Bluffs, the rate of erosion further accelerated.

Tattoos: Exploring Tattoo Culture Around the World

Posted: August 18, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Back of man, covered with Tattoos.

Tattoos: Ritual, Identity, Obsession and Art.