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Monthly Archive: December

A Family's Gift Inspired by a Mother's Dedication

Posted: September 8, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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A wooden chair with a black and white pattern cushion

For the past 40 years, the ROM has been Barbara Chisholm’s main volunteer endeavour. She has guided thousands of visitors through the Museum, sharing her love of decorative arts and European history with the public, a delight to all those with the good fortune to experience her lively and engaging storytelling.

Students help Canadian Space Agency promote asteroid mission!

Posted: September 6, 2016 - 16:03 , by Marianne Mader
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Written by EVC student Matthew Brocklehurst

How do you get high school kids interested in space science? This was the question asked of Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) students by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

EVC students working on a storyboard for their CSA video (photo by Vincent Luk).

The LMS Lab

Posted: September 6, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Three women in a lab running DNA testing

From discovering new species to preserving endangered ones, the ROM’s LMS uses genetic sequencing to study specimens.

Canada helps with historic space mission to asteroid Bennu

Posted: September 1, 2016 - 13:09 , by Anonymous
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Written by Christine Tovee, Aerospace Engineer/Technology Leader, ROM Volunteer

Tattoos: Famously Inked

Posted: September 1, 2016 - 08:00 , by Brittany Budani
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Tattooing has made a comeback as an emblem of choice and as an expression of one's identity in an ever more globalized world. It has acquired the status of an art form: tattooing has gravitated from the margins to the mainstream. From historical figures to modern celebrities, tattoos have spread throughout the ages. Bet you didn't realize these famous figures had tattoos...

1) Justin Trudeau 

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.