Temporary Exhibits


    Dance of the Neurons: The Art of Neuroscience

First Floor Rotunda: Women in Science

Women in Science

August 8 through December 2015

Colorful comic book graphics in this panel exhibit invite young U-M Museum of Natural History visitors from every background to see themselves working in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and changing the world.

Developed by Ann Marie Macara, a fifth-year graduate student in the U-M Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, the exhibit features four women scientists whose work had a major impact in their fields. These women persevered against the odds and are powerful role models who continue to inspire young women to follow in their footsteps in STEM.

Mary Anning represents Science for her discoveries of fossils from the Jurassic period. Annie Easley personifies Technology as one of the few African-American computer scientists to work at NASA (then NACA) as a ‘human computer’ and who then developed software for rockets. Sarah Goode stands for Engineering as the first African-American woman to receive a US patent for her invention of the folding cabinet bed. Finally, Wang Zhenyi exemplifies Mathematics for her mathematical models of astronomical events, including eclipses. 
  
The exhibit was made possible through the support of the U-M Life Sciences Institute; a MAAS Professional Development Award; the Program in Biomedical Science; the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; the Women in Science and Engineering Program; FEMMES (Females Engaged in More Math, Engineering and the Sciences); Rackham Graduate School; and CEW Riecker Graduate Student Research Grant.

Fourth Floor: Explore Evolution

Explore Evolution

Explore Evolution examines evolution at work on a number of species, from fungus to finches, from ants to whales, with humans and chimpanzees thrown in the mix. Explore Evolution was produced by the University of Nebraska and the Science Museum of Minnesota, with contributions from several experts in evolutionary science— including U-M’s own Philip Gingerich, whose work on fossil whales is featured.

Fourth Floor: Dance of the Neurons: The Art of Neuroscience

Dance of the Neurons: The Art of Neuroscience

Beautiful full-color images of microscopic cell structures combine delicate art with cutting-edge science.  The images were selected from the BioArtography project of the U-M Center for Organogenesis (www.BioArtography.com) in support of the  Museum of Natural History's winter term programming on brain science.

Fourth Floor: The Shape of the Universe

The Shape of the Universe

Until January 2016

This exhibit traces the history of our evolving understanding of the Universe, from Einstein's discovery of space-time, through the development of theories explaining the Big Bang and cosmic expansion, up to cutting-edge research on gravity waves being conducted by U-M scientist Lydia Bier. The exhibit includes interactives, video, beautiful NASA photographs, and artwork by local high school students.