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Nanostructure of bird feathers

Pierre-Paul Bitton

Pierre is examining bird feathers for his dissertation research into mechanisms of structures in the feather barbules that produce iridescent colors.

University of Windsor

From: 1/23/2013 To: 1/23/2013

Amanda Haponski form University of Toledo working on dissertation research.

Amanda Haponski

Amanda Haponski is visiting the BRC at Varsity Drive collecting data on fish specimens in the genus Sander (includes Walleye, Blue Pike, and Sauger) for her dissertation research at the University of Toledo.

University of Toledo

From: 1/22/2013 To: 1/24/2013

Graduate Innovative Design Class

Graduate Innovative Design Class

U of M Masters students, "The Gastronauts" from the Biomedical Engineering Department's Graduate Innovative Design Class visited the BRC at Varsity Drive to study spine erection in porcupine puffer fish.  Fish Division Curator, Bill Fink and Collections Manager, Doug Nelson, discussed how the puffer fish erects defensive spines by inflating its body with water.  Students hope to apply biomechanics to innovations in the biomedical field.

University of Michigan

From: 1/19/2013 To: 1/19/2013

Dr. Rasmussen examined Indian birds

Dr. Pamela Rasmussen

Dr. Rasmussen examined Indian birds for her studies on Asian avifauna. Dr. Rasmussen's research focuses on the diversity, vocalizations, taxonomy, and conservation of the avifauna of southern Asia.

Michigan State University

From: 1/11/2013 To: 1/11/2013

Artist Carl Freeman visits

Carl Freeman

Michigan artist Carl James Freeman examines Summer and Scarlet Tanagers.

From: 12/20/2012 To: 12/20/2012

Visitors from Florida Museum of Natural History tour BRC

Doug Jones (Director), David Reed (Mammalogist & Dept. Chair), Beverly Sensbach (Assoc. Director), Rob Robbins (Ichthyology Collection Manager), Jim Schlachta (Museum Construction Project Coordinator)

On Wednesday, November 29, the Museum hosted  visitors to the BRC from the Florida Museum of Natural History to give them a detailed guided tour of the ethanol collection facility and to discuss the logistics of its planning and building.

Florida Museum of Natural History

From: 11/29/2012 To: 11/29/2012

Canadian ornithologist David Brewer looking up references in the Bird Division library for a book on newly described bird species.

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