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Night at the Museum
Charles Marshall in front of T. rex at the Night at the Museum holiday party.
Wallace Atrium was buzzing with life as UCMP held it's "Night at the Museum" Holiday Party on December 3rd, 2015. More than sixty people attended the event to celebrate the holidays and recognize the generosity of UCMP supporters. Friends of the museum, UCMP staff, faculty, and students enjoyed great conversation, delicious food and specialty drinks fitting for the occasion: The Trilobite, Rise of the Angiosperms, and the Minty Mammoth Mojito. A highlight of the evening was the special behindthe- scenes tours of the collections showcasing the research projects being conducted at UCMP.
At each station, presenters showcased research projects and provided guests with up-close looks at fossils and insights into the equipment used in research. The stations were as follows:
Diane Erwin and Marwa W. Ibraheem presented fossil insects from Stewart Valley
- Dori Lynn Contreras presented comparative morphology among
tropical plant fossils.
- Ashley Poust & Mackenzie Kirchner-
Smith described applications of 3D
scanning technology on vertebrate
- Jeff Benca showed experimental
work recreating the intense
radiation scenario thought to affect
early gymnosperms in the Permian.
- Mark Goodwin and Tony Huynh
presented computer visualizations
using data from CT scans of fossils.
- Sara El Shafie, Danielle Heinz and
Elyanah Posner showed bird and
other fossils from the McKittrick
collection stored in the Campanile.
- Erica Clites, Holly Seyler, Patrick
Garcialuna, Anne Zavala and Lillian
Pearson highlighted invertebrate
fossils found at Point Reyes, showed
fossils that are part of the EPICC
project, and discussed ongoing
relationships between the UCMP
and the National Parks.
We thank Nick Spano and Peter
Kloess for assistance with registration
and 2016 calendar pick-up, and we
appreciate the time spent by the
many UCMP students and staff who
made the evening possible