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Scientist Spotlights feature University of Michigan scientists sharing their cutting-edge research—in person and virtually.

These presenters have been trained to share their research through the U-M Museum of Natural History Science Communication Fellows program. 

Watch this space or sign up for our email list to learn when researchers will be presenting hands-on activities in the museum.

 

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation

Saturday, April 9, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
U-M Museum of Natural History 

Only for the curious!  Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in interactive activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. The scientists represent a variety of fields and are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

This event is free and open to the public. Suitable for upper elementary to adult audiences. Check our website for the latest COVID-19 protocols. ummnh.org

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation

Scientist Spotlight

Saturday, December 3, 2022
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Free event, no registration required

Only for the curious! Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in engaging, hands-on activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. These researchers are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

Scientist preview

  • Sleep Tonight, Remember Tomorrow: Science of sleep aids and memory
    Jessy Martinez, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Exploring the Universe through Bright Lights and Loud Noises
    Nora Sherman, Department of Physics
  • Bundling up the Blueprints: How cells compact your DNA in an accessible way
    Marina Sarcinella and Claire Cook, Department of Chemistry
  • Farewell Ice: How to prevent ice accumulation?
    Jiayue Huang, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering
  • If You Give a Mouse a Hormone
    Kristen Schuh, Department of Psychology
  • What Goes Where? And How Bacteria Get It There
    Claire Dudley and Jordan Byrne, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • How Do mRNA Vaccines Work?
    Kristin Koutmou, Department of Chemistry
  • Where Does the Carbon Go? An Adventure around the World as a Carbon Atom!
    Lizy Michaelson, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Let’s Find Interesting Relations with Statistics!
    Jing Ouyang, Department of Statistics 
  • Exploring Gravity in the Universe’s Largest Systems: Galaxy clusters
    Alexander Rodriguez, Department of Astronomy
  • Let’s Talk about Teeth!
    Georgia Oppenheim, Department of Anthropology
  • Why Are Birds Shrinking?
    Tif Dias, School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Climate Change and Mental Health
    Ginger Harris, School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Restoration Ecology: How to change human altered ecosystems
    Olivia Williams, School for Environment and Sustainability

 

 

 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
U-M Museum of Natural History 

Only for the curious!  Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in interactive activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. The scientists represent a variety of fields and are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

This event is free and open to the public. Suitable for upper elementary to adult audiences. Check our website for the latest COVID-19 protocols. ummnh.org

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation

Scientist Spotlight

Saturday, February 18, 2023
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch
Free event, no registration required

Only for the curious! Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in engaging, hands-on activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. These researchers are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

 

 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
U-M Museum of Natural History 

Only for the curious!  Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in interactive activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. The scientists represent a variety of fields and are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

This event is free and open to the public. Suitable for upper elementary to adult audiences. Check our website for the latest COVID-19 protocols. ummnh.org

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation

Scientist Spotlight

Sunday, March 19, 2023
Time: to be announced
Location: U-M Museum of Natural History
Free event, no registration required

Only for the curious! Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in engaging, hands-on activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. These researchers are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

 

 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
U-M Museum of Natural History 

Only for the curious!  Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in interactive activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. The scientists represent a variety of fields and are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

This event is free and open to the public. Suitable for upper elementary to adult audiences. Check our website for the latest COVID-19 protocols. ummnh.org

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation

Scientist Spotlight

Saturday, April 15, 2023
Time: to be announced
Location: U-M Museum of Natural History
Free event, no registration required

Only for the curious! Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in engaging, hands-on activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. These researchers are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

 

 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
U-M Museum of Natural History 

Only for the curious!  Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in interactive activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. The scientists represent a variety of fields and are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

This event is free and open to the public. Suitable for upper elementary to adult audiences. Check our website for the latest COVID-19 protocols. ummnh.org

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation

Scientist Spotlight

Saturday, April 22, 2023
Time: to be announced
Location: Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker Road Branch
Free event, no registration required

Only for the curious! Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in engaging, hands-on activities to learn about their cutting-edge research. These researchers are part of the U-M Museum of Natural History’s Science Communication Fellows program, bringing scientists and the public face-to-face.

 

 

Can't attend a Scientist Spotlight in-person event? Check out our Scientist Spotlight virtual content on our Museum@Home site!