Blog Posts

June 29th, 2011

Things I do for fun, outside of the museum.

June 29th, 2011

Calumet Photo of the Month June 2011

June 27th, 2011


Collections & Research Committee member Terry Boudreaux donated a very unusual meteorite specimen to The Field Museum’s Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies.  The meteorite is named NWA 5492 after northwest Africa where it was found.  Its petrology and chemical composition are very different compared to other meteorites and it cannot be classified with the existing scheme.

June 26th, 2011

No other continent shares the prize with Africa in myths and myth making on contributions to global history. 

June 23rd, 2011

Water is life and humankind’s best friend and, sometimes, one of worst foes.  Water’s presence or absence, abundance or scarcity has shaped and continues to determine daily life, ecological, and geopolitical landscapes.  From hunter-gatherers to pastoralists, farmers and city dwellers, water is a key component of daily life.  The rights to water are fundamental to life as we know it.  Managing and gaining access to water is the centerpiece of social organization and a major component of unrest.  Not surprisingly, water management is often regarded a major precursor to the origins of civilization.  My research in Eastern Africa is concerend with the origins of the state and governance.  In this expedition, we will study how both rural and urban communities in Kenya and Madagascar manage, use, store, and distribute water.  The principle goal is to enable us to understand the social, political, and conservational implications of water management systems.  Data and knoweledge will be gained through participatory learning.   These expedition will also enable us to understand and, at least think about, the consequences of water scarcity from a variety of perspectives.


June 23rd, 2011

Our visitors come to see the real things, even the small ones

June 20th, 2011

How do I get rid of the pest ants in my home?

June 18th, 2011

A glance outside leads to a good bird observation

June 17th, 2011

Natural History collections are about science and more

June 13th, 2011

Olsen moves on to the next step: doing his research.