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Monthly Archive: December

Invertebrate Life in the Ocean: Curator’s Corner

Posted: August 23, 2012 - 16:53 , by Claire Healy

Hello, I’m Claire Healy, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology here at the ROM. It’s almost that time again – Curator’s Corner is gearing up to bring you another opportunity to meet a curator (me!) and learn a bit more about the animals here at the museum, and the delightful organisms that I study.

Meet the Ultimate Dino Team: Richard Lahey

Posted: August 23, 2012 - 09:43 , by admin

Portrait of Richard Lahey inside the Ultimate Dinos exhibition.

Interpretive Planner? What’s that? We caught up with Richard Lahey, ROM Interpretive Planner, to explain his role in the museum world, as well as what he did to help bring the larger-than-life Ultimate Dinosaur exhibition together and some of the interesting things he learned.

Many Eyes Make Light Work: ROM Field Botany

Posted: August 22, 2012 - 16:35 , by Tim Dickinson
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Submitted by David Baxter

As student staff in the ROM Botany Section, my summer work has mostly involved sitting in a basement office updating the plant specimen database, and occasionally working with the herbarium specimens themselves. This last week, however, I’ve been in Montana and Washington searching for Crataegus (hawthorn) trees. Quite a change of pace!

Meet the Ultimate Dino Team: Matthew Vavrek

Posted: August 20, 2012 - 09:43 , by admin

Matthew Vavrek in his tent during a research expedition.

Bringing an exhibition to life takes a whole team – especially an exhibition the size and scale of Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants of Gondwana. To help get this ultimate exhibition up and running the ROM brought it contract curator Matthew Vavrek.

The first Church at York and the War of 1812

Posted: August 15, 2012 - 11:28 , by admin
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Written by Paul Vaculik, ROMwalks volunteer

The first Church at York (later renamed to St. James) was built in 1807 by soldiers of the British garrison. The church and its rector, the Reverend Dr. John Strachan, became central to events of the War of 1812.

Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project 2012

Posted: August 14, 2012 - 08:32 , by David Evans

Tents in a grassy field with a rainbow across a grey sky.

Fig. 1. Camp after a rainstorm.

What can Museums learn from nonprofit leadership?

Posted: August 13, 2012 - 09:33 , by Janet Carding

Suse Cairns originally published this blog on Museum Geek.  Suse is a PhD candidate at The University of Newcastle, Australia, investigating what networked knowledge means for museums in an age of ubiquitous information.

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Project Guyana – Expedition Update

Posted: July 31, 2012 - 17:11 , by admin
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Hello, this is Stacey Kerr, an Environmental Visual Communication student at the ROM. “Curator’s Corner: Project Guyana” was a huge success this past weekend, showcasing some of the work done by ROM curators on the biodiversity of Guyana. It also afforded us a quick update from Burton Lim, Assistant Curator of Mammals, and my classmate Joshua See, who are currently down in Guyana for the month conducting bat diversity surveys (for more info, see Josh’s last blog post)

ROM Walk: Sculpture and the City

Posted: July 30, 2012 - 13:41 , by admin
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By Valerie Fairclough, ROMwalks volunteer