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Animal, Mineral, Vegetable ... and Digital

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

In this era of rapid environmental change, the animal, mineral, and plant specimens preserved in natural history collections offer a crucial window into the past. Around the world, natural history curators are digitizing their collections to offer scientists greater access for specimen-based research and the development of long-range datasets.

Jody Clowes, director of the Academy's James Watrous Gallery, hosts a discussion about Wisconsin’s early specimen collectors and UW-Madison’s effort to make its own natural history collections available online with curators Ken Cameron, Laura Monahan, Craig Brabant, and Carrie Eaton, and artist Martha Glowacki, co-curator of Collections & Connections: 150 Years of the Wisconsin Academy, which was on view at the Watrous Gallery earlier in 2020. 

Collections & Connections and related programs were made possible in part through a generous grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The James Watrous Gallery is supported by Wisconsin Academy members, donors, and the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Craig Brabant is the Curator of the Wisconsin Insect Research Collection (WIRC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The WIRC houses over 3 million curated and another 5 million+ uncurated specimens.

Dr. Ken Cameron is a Professor in the Department of Botany at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also serves as Chair of Conservation Biology and Director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, a collection of more than 1.3 million botanical specimens.  He received his Ph.D.

Jody Clowes is the director of the Academy's James Watrous Gallery and arts editor for Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.

Laura Monahan is the Curator of Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Zoological Museum.  She is also a member of the Wisconsin Federation of Museums Board and Vice President of the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries Board.  

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