January 2012

Monthly Archive: January 2012

Mineral of the month: serandite

Posted: January 17, 2012 - 08:47 , by Ian Nicklin
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specimen image a twinned serandite crystal

World's largest twinned serandite crystal.

Canada is like an Old Cow

Posted: January 16, 2012 - 15:11 , by admin
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Submitted by Conrad Biernacki, ROM Programs Manager

Tommy Douglas once said, “Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it’s doing in the Maritimes.”

This vivid imagery has got to inspire you to find out more about this famous Canadian and his achievements.

Mobile Interpretation in Museums

Posted: January 13, 2012 - 11:17 , by Ryan Dodge
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Learn about the latest research and discoveries happening at the ROM and mark your calendars for the 33rd annual ROM Research Colloquium coming up on February 3, 2012.

Ryan Dodge is the Acquisitions Technician in the Library as well an active member of the ROM’s Social Media team. Here, he tells us a little bit more about his upcoming colloquium presentation, Mobile Interpretation in Museums.

Russian Space Probe will Crash to Earth this Week!

Posted: January 12, 2012 - 13:14 , by Ian Nicklin
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Contributed by Brendt C. Hyde and Ian Nicklin.

“That’s Not a Kayak!”: Form, Function, and Cultural Appropriation

Posted: January 10, 2012 - 14:53 , by admin

By Kenneth R. Lister

Kenneth R. Lister is the Assistant Curator of Anthropology in the Department of World Cultures. Read on for a preview of what he’ll be talking about on February 3, 2012 at the 33rd Annual ROM Research Colloquium.

kayak frames

Notes from Oman: Part 2

Posted: January 9, 2012 - 08:49 , by admin

Dr. Sarah Fee, Associate Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Textiles & Costumes, is the first-ever recipient of the YPC Research Fund. This November 2011, YPC supported Sarah’s trip to Oman to research ancient forms of pitloom weaving and the trade routes of the Muscat cloth, which will inform part of a future ROM exhibition.

Submitted by Sarah Fee, Associate Curator, Eastern Hemisphere Textiles & Costumes

November 18, 2011

Happy New Year!

Posted: January 6, 2012 - 14:35 , by Janet Carding
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Head and shoulder portrait of a woman standing beside a display case of minerals

Janet Carding, President and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum

A Rare and Beautiful Bird

Posted: January 5, 2012 - 11:55 , by admin

 

A closer look at a living barn owl perched.

Their distinctive heart-shaped face actually helps improve their hearing. With lop-sided ears, they can easily pinpoint prey with sound alone. Photo by Steve Brace

Shahnama: The Persian “Book of Kings”

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 13:53 , by admin

Want to find out more about the latest research and discoveries happening at the ROM? Mark your calendars for the 33rd annual ROM Research Colloquium coming up on February 3, 2012.

Karin Ruehrdanz, Curator of Islamic Arts in the ROM’s Department of World Cultures tells us a little bit about her upcoming colloquium presentation,  Shahnama: The Persian “Book of Kings”

A Maya Inspired Holiday

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 10:04 , by admin

It seems that Maya: Secrets of Their Ancient World has inspired some really interesting holiday activities. Meet the Futterer Family! Inspired by Maya, they built the temple at Chichen Itza out of gingerbread as their traditional gingerbread house this Christmas.

The idea was suggested by 25-year-old Allie Futterer, designed by 28-year-old Max Futterer, and baked and executed by both of them and Max’s girlfriend Jennifer Funk, age 28.