Friday at the Field
Friday, May 31st is the last day of the conference. We have several special events taking place before the Annual Business Meeting. Listed below are the activities and a description of each. All of these activities are free to attend.
Educational Share Fair
8:30am - 11:00am
Lecture Hall 2
The share fair is an informal session meant to get feedback and ideas from people about collections-based education or outreach materials. Presenters normally bring a sample of whatever they are working on to share, but don’t make a formal power point or anything. These are round-table discussions – so small group setting, which means plenty of time to go back and forth and discuss.
Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Attendees can sign up to attend any or all of the SIGs listed at the Registration Desk at any time during the duration of the conference.
9:30 am to 10:30 am
Carcinogens and Chemical Safety in Collections
Presenter: Mickey Alice Kwapis
Join taxidermist Mickey Alice Kwapis, of Chicago nonprofit the Specimen Museum, in learning how to avoid carcinogens and other hazardous chemical exposure while handling and restoring specimens within existing natural history collections. Additionally, attendees will receive information on material safety during the preservation of new specimens. This Special Interest Group meeting will cover protocol for both new and existing dry study skins and skin mounts, fluid-preserved specimen collections, skeletal preparations, and invertebrate preservation through an exploration of wet and dry chemicals, the types of equipment that should always be available to workers, and safe storage once specimens have been prepared or restored. Time will be set aside for questions and answers following the program.
Please note that a portion of the presentation includes images and video of the restoration of 80-year-old human fetal remains which may be sensitive for some viewers; discretion is advised.
9:30am to 10:30am
Science Through Story: Engaging Broad Audiences
Presenter: Sara ElShafie
Science is a search for evidence, but science communication is a search for meaning. Nothing makes content more meaningful than a good story. Drawing inspiration from creative processes in the film industry, this workshop offers tools to help museum scientists and collections professionals share their content with the public through effective storytelling. Using examples from both popular films and natural history museum collections, we will explore how to humanize a subject through story development and draw in broad audiences through visual storytelling. Throughout this hands-on workshop, participants will draft and share their own science stories for use in a context of their choosing. Everyone will leave with a treatment for a story, as well as a conceptual framework for future communication opportunities.
About the Presenter
Sara ElShafie is a Doctoral Candidate in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research, based at the UC Museum of Paleontology, investigates climate change impacts on animal communities over time using natural history museum collections across the country. ElShafie is also passionate about making science accessible and exciting for the masses. She developed a workshop series on story training for scientists and science educators in collaboration with artists at major film studios. She has been running these workshops at university campuses, museums, conference venues, and even theme parks across the continent over the last two years. ElShafie also recently organized a symposium, Science Through Narrative: Engaging Broad Audiences, at a major biology conference with speakers from the scientific community as well as arts and entertainment industries.
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Talking About Collections: How to Share What You Do and Why It Matters
You know all kinds of amazing things about the collection you work with—how can you share all that information with the public? In this session, three of the Field Museum’s science communication experts will offer tips on making collections work engaging and accessible to the public through social media, in-person programming, and more. The talk will include a question and answer session so you can learn more about the topics that you’re most curious about.
Aimee Davis, Volunteer and Public Learning Experiences Administrator, Field Museum
Kate Golembiewski, PR and Science Communications Manager, Field Museum
Katharine Uhrich, Social Media Manager, Field Museum