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SEP 12- Look, learn, touch, teach


Monday, September 12, 7:30 p.m.- Look, learn, touch, teach: The importance of the authentic object in making connections with nature (and recruiting the next generation of birders) with speakers Steve Sullivan and Julie Robinson, 2nd floor conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place, Oxford, Ohio. This meeting is free and open to the public.

SullivanSteve Sullivan, Director Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History and Julie Robison, Senior Project Manager and Museum Educator. Steve and Julie will address how museum specimens are used in the generation and dissemination of knowledge. Pedagogical theory, conservation ethics, and philosophy will underpin this discussion with a focus on fun ways to talk with the non-birders in your life about the importance of nature to everyone. Specimens of several local bird species will be available for close inspection.

Steve’s passion for museums as a teaching tool began at an early age. By high school, he had transformed his parent’s basement into “Steve’s Museum”—a place where local kids could come to learn about the nature in their neighborhood through examining the living and preserved specimens Steve had collected. At Brigham Young University, while majoring in zoology and conservation biology, Steve worked at the university’s museum of natural history, and volunteered at the museums of art and paleontology, and took courses through the museum of anthropology, learning more about the technical aspects of running a professional research and display institution. Early in his career, Steve worked at the US Fish and Wildlife service monitoring bird populations, teaching teacher professional development classes, and creating exhibits. Later he managed the scientific collections of at one of the oldest natural history institutions, the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Museum.

robinson1[1]Julie Robinson is the Senior Project Manager and Museum Educator at the Robert A. Hefner Museum of Natural History. She also serves as the director for the Cecilia Berg Center for Environmental Education. Mrs. Robinson received her BA from Purdue University. She completed an MA in Elementary Education with an emphasis on the integration of math and reading at the University of South Carolina. Julia facilitated many teacher workshops helping teachers to establish publishing companies and to plan hands-on science units at their individual schools. She served as Director of Edwards Memorial Nursery School in Liberty, IN, for five years before joining the Hefner.

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