[MARMAM] "Whales: From Bone to Book" Symposium, 6 June, at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Pyenson, Nicholas PyensonN at si.edu
Tue May 14 09:23:02 PDT 2013

Dear MARMAM subscribers,

On behalf of Smithsonian Libraries and the National Museum of Natural History, I wish to invite you to a free symposium, open to the public, opening the forthcoming "Whales: From Bone to Book" exhibition in the Evans Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, D.C.

This exhibition, presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries and the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Paleobiology, explores the Smithsonian’s legacy of studying cetaceans using original photographs from the field, actual museum specimens, and scientific literature. The exhibit also features rare books from the Joseph F. Cullman 3d, Library of Natural History and the Kellogg Library of Marine Mammalogy. The histories of each object, and their connections to the overall study of cetology, provide compelling illustrations of the different narratives in the process of natural history, tracing how bones travel from a beach or cliff wall to a museum collection, and then, finally, published on paper. The exhibition will run from May 2013 through May 2014.

The symposium, "Whale Research at the Smithsonian - Past, Present and Future," will be on Thursday June 6, 2013, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm in the Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History, on the Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. Speaker list includes: Prof. R. Ewan Fordyce (University of Otago); Prof. D. Graham Burnett (Princeton University); Dr. Stephen Godfrey (Calvert Marine Museum); and Dr. Nicholas Pyenson (Smithsonian). The symposium is FREE and OPEN to the public! Please RSVP to SILRSVP at si.edu or 202.633.1699

For more information, see: 






Nicholas D. Pyenson, Ph.D.

Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals
Department of Paleobiology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
MRC 121, PO Box 37012
10th & Constitution NW
Washington, DC 20013-7012 USA

Tel: 202-633-1366
Fax: 202-786-2832
Email: PyensonN at si.edu
Staff page: http://paleobiology.si.edu/staff/individuals/pyenson.html
Lab blog: http://nmnh.typepad.com/pyenson_lab/

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