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February 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

The Virginia Museum of Natural History's 2nd Thursday Science Talks bring real-world field experience led by renowned scientists and researchers to the audience through engaging presentations.  Each month's presentation is free to the public and covers a different topic that is relevant to present day life.  All presentations are held from 6 to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

2013-2014 Schedule

September 12, 2013
“Insect evidence from serial killings: The use of museum collections to assist investigators”
Dr. Joe Keiper, Executive Director, VMNH

October 10, 2013
“Adventures into the (Virtual) Unknown: 3D Laser Scanning and America's Past”
Dr. Bernard Means, Instructor of Anthropology, Virginia Commonwealth University

November 14, 2013
"Nuts about Squirrels: Insights from North America’s Most Familiar Rodents”
Dr. Nancy Moncrief, VMNH curator of mammals.

December 12, 2013
"Taxonomy and You: the importance of taxonomy in Biodiversity Studies"
Dr. Judith Winston, VMNH Curator of Marine Biology

January 9, 2014
Dr. Paul Marek, Virginia Tech
VMNH Research Associate

February 13, 2014
"Reconstructing Buttercup: From scraps of bone to fossil whale"
Dr. Alton Dooley, Curator of Paleontology, VMNH

March 13, 2014
“Hunting Dragons: Using fossils to explore lore”
Dr. DorothyBelle Poli, Associate Professor of Biology, Roanoke College
VMNH Research Associate

April 10, 2014
Dr. Donna Boyd, Eminent Professor of Anthropological Sciences, Radford University
VMNH Research Associate

May 8, 2014 (*special members only benefit)
Dr. James Beard, Director of Research and Collections/Curator of Earth Sciences, VMNH

VMNH Members are invited to attend a reception following the final presentation on May 8 from 7 to 8 p.m.  The reception will be held inside the museum’s Harvest Foundation Hall of Ancient Life, and will provide an opportunity for museum members to meet and interact with this season's presenters.