Staff & Student News

In mid-October, Associate Curator and Chair Ryan Williams (Anthropology) atended the 30th Annual Northeast Meeting on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory at the R. S. Peabody Museum at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.  Richard Burger of Yale University gave the keynote speech, and spoke on the return of the Machu Picchu collections to Peru, the political maneuvering around that repatriation, and the innovative partnership that Yale created with the university in Cusco to promote the use of the collection in Peru going forward.

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The short documentary Fossil Carrion Feeders, produced by C&R Media Producer Federico Pardo and featuring Associated Curator Margaret Thayer’s (Zoology/Insects) collaborative research, was screened as part the Imagine Science Film Festival on October 17 at The Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.  For more information please visit this link.

On October 18, Museum Librarian Christine Giannoni provided a tour of Library collections to 25 students from the School of the Art Institute.  Peggy Macnamara, Field Museum Artist-in-Residence, brought students from her course “Scientific Illustration” to view items from the Library’s rare book collection.  Students viewed insect illustrations from several titles, including: The naturalists’ miscellany (1789) and American Spiders (1889).

Associate Mary Anne Rogers (Zoology/Mammals) successfully orchestrated The Battle for Bats symposium on October 15 in The Simpson Theatre.  Approximately 400 people attended and nearly 300 postcards were written to Congress supporting Federal funding of research on White-nose Syndrome, a disease that is seriously threatening several previously abundant North American bat species.  Loss of the bats is causing loss of economic benefits from the bats in the form of insect pest control.  This half-day symposium featured a display of a live fruit bat and a series of stimulating seminars about bats and the crisis they face in White-nose Syndrome.  Negaunee Collection Manager Bill Stanley (Zoology/Mammals) opened the event with welcoming remarks.  Presenters included representatives from Bat Conservation International, Ravenswood Media, Inc., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy.  

MacArthur Curator Jonathan Haas and Research Assistant Matthew Piscitelli (both Anthropology) participated in The Fall 2011 Founders’ Frontiers Symposium and Dinner on September 21.  The multi-departmental event, sponsored by The Founders’ Council, highlighted graduate student research at The Field Museum and the impact of the Museum’s facilities and collections on their professional development.  Associate Curator Richard Ree and his graduate student Deren Eaton (both Botany) as well as Associate Curator Margaret Thayer and her graduate student David Clarke (both Zoology/Insects) also participated.  Talk topics included flowering plants, rove beetles, and early ceremonial architecture in Peru, but symposium attendees were particularly impressed by the show-and-tell portions of the presentations whereby Founders’ Council members engaged with actual museum specimens and even an ancient Peruvian mummy!