Alcohol and Pickles, Anyone?

  Fossilisation is nature’s way of preserving traces of once living organisms, humans too have devised ways to intervene with decomposition and to preserve life in a more predictable and accessible manner. We are a species of control freaks. The business of science in the 1800s was to collect and classify all known life on the … Read moreAlcohol and Pickles, Anyone?

Public Seminar: Natural History Museums in a Changing World

The Joe Webb Peoples Museum of Natural History is thrilled to welcome the seminar presenter for the Summer Research in the Sciences programme at Wesleyan – Dr. Warren D. Allmon. Aligning with our current mission of resurrecting Wesleyan’s natural history collections, Dr. Allmon was instrumental in the rejuvenation of the Paleontological Research Institution’s (PRI) internationally-known … Read morePublic Seminar: Natural History Museums in a Changing World

Jurassic Fish: Salted Sardines in the Rocks

Driving along the highways of Connecticut, many don’t realise that the rocks by the side of the roads holds a looking-glass to one of the most famous times in geological history – the Jurassic Period. The natural landscape of the Newark and Hartford Basins in Connecticut, as it was about 200 million years ago, would … Read moreJurassic Fish: Salted Sardines in the Rocks

The Wesleyan University Ward & Howell Collection and Its Impact on the History of Science

We are excited to welcome Melanie McCalmont to Wesleyan. Melanie McCalmont is a geographer and data scientist. She has a Master’s degree in Geography, and a Master’s degree in Life Science Communication, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Melanie is the national expert on historic 3-dimensional relief models. She has been a relief model consultant to … Read moreThe Wesleyan University Ward & Howell Collection and Its Impact on the History of Science

Oeningen Formation: Science, Sink or Swim

Science was not like it is today in the 18th and even 19th century: things people used to do in science at that time – not too long ago -may  appear very odd to us. In Wesleyan’s collections lie several keystone artifacts to this rather fascinating episode in history.  Before science (as we consider it now) existed, … Read moreOeningen Formation: Science, Sink or Swim