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IN THIS ISSUE Hubbard Lecture...............................5 Fossil Day Celebration......................6 Science Communication Interns......8 Botany Data Project.......................11 Ashfall Update................................15 News From Trailside.......................16

George Corner, vertebrate paleontology collection manager, helps a museum visitor identify a fossil during the 2016 National Fossil Day Celebration. page 6




January 14 investigate: Second Saturday Science

“Nebraska Wildlife” 10:00am - 12:00pm

January 15 Sunday with a Scientist

“Insects” 1:30 - 4:30pm

January 19 Science Cafe

“Pitch Perfect: Music and Math” 6:30-8:00pm (Event for ages 21+)

FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS Art Zygielbaum, President John Janovy, Vice President Kelli Bacon, Treasurer Georgianne Mastera, Secretary Rod Bates, Past President Gene Crump Eileen Cunningham Gerry Dimon Duane Eversoll Dick Hoffmann Ed Schmidt Diann Sorensen Mark Sorensen Larry Wood Sue Wood

EX-OFFICIO Susan Weller ADVISORY COUNCIL Tala Awada Mark Brogie Scott Gardner Connie Pejsar Mike Zeleny ASHFALL CHAPTER Deb Hansen, President

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(402) 472-0577 (402) 472-2642 (402) 472-6302 (402) 472-3779 (402) 472-2641 (402) 472-2643 (402) 893-2000 (308) 665-2929

February FREE Thursday Night Admission

February 2 Pop In Storytime

“Barnyard” 6:30-7:00pm

February 4 Dinosaurs & Disasters

“Change Over Time” 9:30am - 4:30pm

February 11 investigate: Second Saturday Science

“Forensics” 10:00am - 12:00pm

February 12 Darwin Day Film Festival


February 14 Love Stories in the Stars: Constellations Guide to Romance


(Event for ages 21+)

MORRILL HALL South of 14th and Vine Streets University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska

(402) 472-2642

Open Year Around Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Open Late!) Sundays: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Closed Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, December 24-25, and January 1 Planetarium Closed Mondays & Husker home football game Saturdays

ASHFALL FOSSIL BEDS 86930 517 Avenue (402) 893-2000 Royal, NE 68773 Located seven miles north of Highway 20 between Royal and Orchard, Nebraska. Open Seasonally. For schedule, visit

TRAILSIDE MUSEUM PO Box 462 (308) 665-2929 Crawford, NE 69339 Located on Highway 20 at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. Open Seasonally. For schedule, visit


Botany: Robert Kaul, Curator Collection Manager: Thomas Labedz Collections Assistant: Linda Rader

Invertebrate Paleontology: David Watkins, Curator Informal Science Education: Judy Diamond, Curator Parasitology: Scott Gardner, Curator Collection Manager: Gabor Racz Vertebrate Paleontology: Ross Secord, Curator Collection Manager: R. George Corner Chief Preparator: Carrie Herbel Preparator: Robert Skolnick Highway Salvage Paleontologists: Shane Tucker Hwy Paleontology Preparator: Jeremy McMullin Zoology: Robert Zink, Curator Collection Manager: Thomas Labedz


Every Thursday in February 4:30 - 8:00pm

Anthropology: Alan Osborn, Curator Collections Assistant: Patricia Patton Nebraska Archaeological Survey: Alan Osborn

Geology: R.M. (Matt) Joeckel, Curator

Friends Annual Meeting and Dinner

Director: Dr. Susan Weller Associate Director: Mark Harris

Entomology: Brett Ratcliffe, Curator Collection Manager: M.J. Paulsen

CONTACT INFORMATION Director’s Office Museum Information Line School Program Reservations Friends Office Mueller Planetarium Nebraska Hall Office Ashfall Fossil Beds Trailside Museum


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Affiliated Courtesy, Adjunct, and Emeritus Faculty: NAGPRA Coordinator, Professor & Director Emerita: Priscilla Grew Invertebrate Paleontology: Robert Diffendal Parasitology: Mary Lou Pritchard Vertebrate Paleontology: Robert Hunt, Jr., Michael Voorhies Zoology: Patricia Freeman, Hugh Genoways Education Coordinator: Kathy French Museum Associates: Jennifer Shaughney Annie Mumgaard, Cindy Loope, Ann Cusick, Andrew Blodgett Claire M. Hubbard Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Curriculum: Alison Pearce Stevens Mueller Planetarium Supervisor: Zach Thompson Ashfall Fossil Beds Superintendent: Rick Otto Museum Staff: Sandy Mosel Trailside Museum Staff: Pattie Norman Accounting Technician: Jaime Long Discovery Shop Manager: Samantha Hayek Exhibit Specialist: West Schomer Graphics Design Specialist: Joel Nielsen Chief Communications Officer: Mandy Haase-Thomas Public Service Associate: Pam Jelinek-Sniff Research Collections Staff Secretary: Gail Littrell Scientific Illustrator: Angie Fox Volunteer Coordinator & Adult Programs: Sarah Feit

DR. SUSAN WELLER WITH MR. SADAO ITO AND FRIENDSHIP DOLL MISS MIE Miss Mie will travel to Japan in July for restoration and temporary exhibit.

As 2016 draws to a close, we have many successes to celebrate. This year, with support of our community, we launched new programs (and partnerships) to support our University of Nebraska State Museum (UNSM) mission and goals – Pop-In Storytime (Lincoln City Libraries), Science Café (UNL scientists), Summer Art Camp and Nature Sketching classes (The Lux Center for the Arts), UNL Student Ambassador Program, Sunday with a Junior Scientist (Community Learning Centers, UNL scientist Dr. Eileen Hebets), and Paleo Sleuths documentary (NET) - to name a few.

that will celebrate E.H. Barbour’s legacy to honor Morrill Hall’s 90th anniversary and the State’s sesquicentennial.

Your gifts supported our scientific collections and researchers. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ashfall Fossil Beds with over 19,000 visitors and a gathering of former Ashfall interns. The Ashfall Friends Chapter donated 112 Ashfall books to Nebraska schools and libraries. We will celebrate the next 25 years with a special bronze, Battling Rhinos, commissioned by the Theodore and Claire M. Hubbard Foundation, with a dedication in 2017.

In November, we welcomed Mr. Sadao Ito back to plan our celebration of Miss Mie’s 90th birthday. Our Japanese friendship doll will travel to Mie Prefecture next July as the centerpiece of a special commemorative exhibit. Upon return, we will exhibit Miss Mie to conclude her birthday year. The spirit of the 1927 American-Japanese doll exchange is alive and well in Nebraska.

Your generous philanthropy enabled us to bring in the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit by Lincoln native Joel Sartore. This visually-stunning, thought-provoking exhibit raises questions about our moral responsibility to other species. And thanks to your support, we will install four temporary exhibits in 2017, including one that features UNSM Manter Laboratory of Parasitology research Guts and Glory: A Parasite Story and another

In 2016, visitation increased and we served over 17,000 school children; 832 of them came on virtual field trips. Keeping our programs affordable and accessible is important to us. Thanks to the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation, we provided classroom scholarships for on-site and virtual field trips. And we are on track to serve even more youth in 2017 thanks to funds generously provided from the Rogers Family Foundation.

In 2017, we will continue offering innovative programs and exhibits to serve all Nebraskans. If you visited one of our museums in 2016, thank you! Please visit again in 2017 to see the change.

— Dr. Susan Weller, Director University of Nebraska State Museum January 2017


Message from the President of the Friends Just over a year ago, at our September 2015 Board meeting, Susan Weller was introduced as our new Museum Director. She remarked that her work would build upon a strong foundation, including the Friends of the Museum. The ensuing year has been exciting. Carrying the flag passed from Art Zygielbaum, President Priscilla Grew, Susan Friends of the has moved forward to University of Nebraska State Museum garner funding for the Fourth Floor Renovation and lay the foundation for stronger connections to other University organizations. Among many other things, she worked with staff, the Friends Board, and outside consultants to develop a new strategic plan to ensure the viability and continuing improvement of the Museum and a Membership Plan to increase the number of Friends and the value of a Friends membership. As part of the Friends, you can take pride in several accomplishments. The Museum received $1M from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to improve Internet communications at Ashfall and Trailside and enhance the Museum virtual field trips presented to Nebraska schools. The proposal package submitted by the Museum included a letter of support from the Friends which was backed by a $10,000 pledge to show our commitment. We fulfilled our pledge to provide $10,000 to help fund the 4th floor renovation. While not huge in dollar amount in comparison to the money raised, funding agencies and the University administration see our support as a strong indicator of interest and priority. In addition, the Friends provided $32,000 which paid a bit more than 50% of the cost for a new planetarium projector and lighting upgrade. The Museum, Sheldon Art Museum, Lied Center for Performing Arts, and International Quilt Study Center and Museum invited the Friends of each organization to a progressive dinner on July 8. Starting at the Sheldon for light hors d’oeuvres and libations, the crowd moved to our Museum for hearty hors d’oeuvres, and then to the Lied for dessert. Although we couldn’t logistically move everyone to the Quilt Museum, they had several 4

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quilts on display in Morrill Hall. I’m pleased to report that the event was fun and lively. One friend came up to me in the Sheldon and said, “I told my wife she’d never get me into an Art Museum. But she did and it’s really nice.” During our time in the Museum several people commented that they hadn’t been since their child or grandchild was very young. They also said that they needed to come back and spend more time on their own. The Sheldon, Lied, Quilt Museum, and our Museum play an important role in educating and inspiring people. They are also (other than football) the first contact for many with the University. We help create a good relationship between the citizens we serve and the University. I appreciate the hard work and close cooperation exhibited by the staff from all four organizations. This is my last President’s letter. I have served as President for a total of four one-year terms since I joined the Board in 2011. In accordance with the bylaws, my tenure as President will end in January. (I will remain on the Board one more year as Past President.) With the dedicated help of my fellow officers and Board members, the Board is, I think, stronger than it has ever been. I am honored to have been allowed to serve you, the Friends, and the Museum. It has been a pleasure to work with each Board member as well as the amazing administration and staff of the Museum. Thank you all for your participation, for strong support, and for the sense of accomplishment. Finally, I need to acknowledge the passing of a special friend, Vice Chancellor Prem Paul. Prem was a close personal friend as well as a friend of the Museum. He had to make difficult decisions at difficult times. But he also pushed and supported us to excellence in all we do at the University. Prem leaves an unmatched legacy in research growth at UNL. He leaves us a challenge to build on the foundation laid by Priscilla Grew and support Susan Weller’s leadership in developing a world-class institution. Farewell for now. It’s good to have you as a Friend.

— Art Zygielbaum, President, Friends of the University of Nebraska State Museum

On October 25, Robin Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, delivered the fourth annual Claire M. Hubbard First Peoples of the Plains Lecture at the Great Plains Art Museum.


Kimmerer is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her talk, “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation,” examined traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) approaches to the environment and lessons offered by nature. “Robin challenges her listeners to rethink their daily actions and personal relationship with nature,” said Susan Weller, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum. Kimmerer’s talk discussed the work of Indigenous nations in creating new models of sustainability based on TEK practices. A free public reception prior to the talk occurred at the Great Plains Art Museum. Visitors were encouraged to arrive to see the exhibition, “Contemporary Indigeneity: Spiritual Borderlands,” which explores Native American spirituality through artistic interpretations of place in the Great Plains. The exhibition seeks to create dialogues regarding interpretations of sovereignty, spiritual connections to the land, and cultural identity within the boundaries of the Great Plains. During her time at UNL, Kimmerer was a guest speaker at an ecological anthropology class and met with students in UNL’s OASIS hosted student dinner. The reception and lecture were presented by the University of Nebraska State Museum, Center for Great Plains Studies and Great Plains Art Museum. The Hubbard Lecture is made possible by contributions from Anne M. Hubbard and the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation. — Sarah Feit, Volunteer Coordinator & Adult Programs University of Nebraska State Museum

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On October 6 the Museum celebrated National Fossil Day at Morrill Hall. The celebration is an annual event organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Staff members from the Museum’s vertebrate paleontology collection attended the event and talked with families about Nebraska’s rich fossil history. The State Museum’s collection of vertebrate fossils is internationally recognized as a resource for understanding the prehistoric past.

to dig and sort for fossils. Highway salvage paleontologist Shane Tucker discussed sister museum Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. Chief preparator Carrie Herbel demonstrated casting and molding and gave away several casts of rhino teeth she made in the lab. Games on the formation of Agate Fossil Beds and the formation of fossils were also played.

Visitors explored the Museum’s in gallery fossil cart to learn what a fossil is and had the opportunity

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Mueller Planetarium presented the fulldome show “Dinosaurs at Dusk” and Lincoln City Libraries led a fossil-themed storytime.

Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab “Food Science”, “Flickering Fireflies” and “Sports Technology” are a few of the science-related topics visitors to the University of Nebraska State Museum - Morrill Hall can explore during the 2017 monthly program, “Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab.” “Investigating science first hand by our younger visitors provides another fun and engaging opportunity for them while at the museum,” said Kathy French, NU State Museum Education Coordinator. “These young scientists will experience a wide variety of topics throughout the year, many of which will help explain segments of the natural world.” Saturday, January 14 kicks-off the 2017 program, presented by Eagle Printing & Sign and supported by Runza® Restaurants, with ‘Food Science’ from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Visitors will explore the science of taste with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science Technology Club. Ever wonder why ice cream tastes so good? Mark your calendar to find out! Program activities are free with regular museum admission. Children will again have the opportunity to earn prizes as they attend the monthly science lab events. For every three events attended, children can qualify to move up as a “science investigator”, plus get a prize. For three events attended children become a “Science Intern” and receive a sheet of science themed stickers; six events attended receives a Runza® Kids Meal Certificate and coloring book while becoming an “Assistant Investigator”; and after nine visits, children earn a waterbottle and nametag earning the title as “Lead Investigator”. Museum members have already received their 2017 calendar, families can download and print the calendar from investigate or pick-up a copy at Morrill Hall. — Mandy Haase-Thomas, Chief Communications Officer University of Nebraska State Museum

Museum visitors learn more about Amblypygi--whip spiders--during Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab in 2016. The 2017 season kicks-off on January 14 with the topic of Food Science. January 2017


The Claire M. Hubbard Environmental Science Communication Internship began this fall and provides University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate students the opportunity to practice and improve their science communication. The Museum currently has three interns participating in the program. Lindsey Bremer is a sophomore studying environmental studies and communications. Senior Kelley Carden is a biological science major, and senior Madelaine Weissend is studying environmental studies and biochemistry. The students spend approximately 10 hours per week at Morrill Hall learning new skills in order to communicate scientific ideas and concepts to the public. Working with education coordinator Kathy French, the interns explore the inquiry-based approach that the Museum uses to craft its gallery programs and visitor experiences.


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The students assist with daily gallery programs, Sunday with a Scientist and Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab programs on the weekends. They attend a weekly ‘class’ that provides them with both content and skills to improve their science communication. The interns will each create an interactive project for use in a Museum gallery program or special public event. Each intern will identify and research a scientific concept or idea that interests them. They will then work to decide how best to communicate that idea to the public and work on creating a gallery interpretive panel. We are thrilled to have this group of talented young students. If you see Lindsey, Kelley, or Madelaine the next time you visit make sure to stop and say hello. — Kathy French, Education Coordinator, University of Nebraska State Museum

The Claire M. Hubbard Environmental Science Communication interns learn first hand how to communicate science concepts to the public.

Morrill Hall Welcomes New Staff Andrew Blodgett MUSEUM EDUCATOR “I’ve recently started as an Educator at the Museum where I help present the many wonderful programs to school groups that pass through our halls. This is not my first foray into the museum world, I started teaching in museums when I started at the University of Iowa while getting my degree in Geoscience. I spent a few years working various jobs at the University’s Museum of Natural History as well as traveling the state in a Mobile Museum as its Ice Age expert. Since then I have also spent time working at the Mammoth Site in South Dakota, the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York and as an assistant teacher at a Montessori school in my hometown. Before moving to Lincoln, I had the pleasure of working at a YMCA camp in southern Ohio where I got to take my teaching experience outside for their spring and summer seasons. I was born and raised in eastern Iowa and after moving around the country a few times I am happy to be comfortably back in the Midwest. Since I was two years old, I have wanted to work with paleontology and was always the “dinosaur kid” in school so this job lets me continue to learn and talk about not just dinosaurs but the many other fantastic animals that used to roam here. When I’m not in Morrill Hall you can usually find me outside hiking or enjoying a good book.”

Alison Pearce Stevens CLAIRE M. HUBBARD RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL CURRICULUM “I’m delighted to be the Claire M. Hubbard Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Curriculum at the Museum. Over the next two years, I will be working with the fourth floor renovation team to develop interactive tours, virtual field trips, and other activities to accompany the new exhibits. I got my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota, where I helped prepare specimens for the Bell Museum and assisted with exhibit development. From there, I moved to the Boston area where I taught science courses at a small liberal arts college and developed

Jennifer Shaughney MUSEUM EDUCATION ASSOCIATE “I am thrilled to be a new member of the education team at the UNSM! I began working as the new Museum Education Associate in October 2016. I am responsible for managing museum reservations and school kits, giving gallery programs to school groups, and delivering and supporting virtual field trips. I am originally from Maryland and came to Nebraska in 2013 to attend graduate school at UNL. I worked in the Entomology Division of the University of Nebraska State Museum and completed my M.S. in Entomology. It was during this time that I discovered my love for outreach and education. Most recently, I spent a year at the New Mexico State University Arthropod Museum working as curator of the collection and doing outreach at the Museum and around the state. It is very rewarding to share science with students of all ages through informal education, and there is no better place to do that than a natural history museum. I feel very lucky to be back in Nebraska at this wonderful institution. In my free time I enjoy collecting insects (of course), enjoying the great outdoors, and spending time with my fiancé.”

their Biology Program. I then moved to Berlin, Germany, where I turned to science writing for kids and teens. Writing provided a new capacity for science outreach—something I have done for over 25 years—making it a great fit for me. You can find my work in Science News for Students, National Geographic Kids books, and Highlights, among other publications. I have lived in Lincoln for five years now. As an Adjunct in the Psychology department, I taught Psychology of Environmental Sustainability, so the fourth floor content is close to my heart. When I’m not working, I’m usually in my yard, gradually replacing lawn with native plants. I feel passionately that we need more biodiversity in urban settings. To help achieve that goal, I worked with Morley Elementary School to create a sustainable outdoor classroom featuring Nebraska plants. This position melds my many interests into one, which makes it particularly exciting for me, and I am thrilled to be working with such a terrific team!” January 2017 9


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Student Project Ties Museum Data with Google Earth Differences between the 19th and 21st centuries in Nebraska are not difficult to imagine. Horse and buggy travel in contrast to high speed highways; light from oil lamps and candles contrasting with LED lights and screen glow from smart phones. In reference to Nebraska’s vegetation the Bessey Herbarium (NEB) in the State Museum’s Botany Division is where we are bridging that gap. The NEB contains approximately 350,000 botanical specimens from around the world, but primarily from Nebraska and the Great Plains. From 1998 to 2003 and continuing from 2007 NEB’s staff, student workers, and trained volunteers continue to input data from vascular plant specimens into a comprehensive database. That number now exceeds 139,000; including all of our Nebraska specimens, over 87,500! As the database grew, reliance on the database also grew, aiding in numerous daily inquiries about the collections. NEB staff has contemplated ways to make these data more accessible and easier to utilize. In 2016 an opportunity presented itself to explore an avenue of data presentation we could not do on our own. That opportunity was Jules Russ. Russ is a Lincoln native, long-time friend of the State Museum, UNL graduate, and Southeast Community College student pursuing a certificate of Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS). She needed a capstone project and we had Cherry County (about 900 species, nearly 8,100 specimens from an estimated 1,470 collecting sites dating back 130 years).

they have not. The addition of color coding the sites by period of collecting (early, middle, recent) also assists by telling the viewer approximately when the site was collected. Having these data in a modern format greatly increases the usefulness and value of the specimens, whether collected as part of a general survey in 1890 or a specific project in 1990. So many data sets exist for geographic information systems that possibilities are seemingly endless in what data from NEB specimens can be compared with and useful in showing in modern geographic research. Examples include soil types, streams and rivers, rainfall amounts, agricultural practices, frost date, etc. Researchers and other interested individuals often want to know where specimens have been collected. The ArcMap™ software allowed Russ to download data to various formats including a KMZ file type that can be used to quickly visualize collecting locations by utilizing the commonly available application, Google Earth. A copy of the KMZ file and other map images are available for download at http:// The data will tell you what species, collecting date, and who collected it.

We had the database but the data were far from ready for ArcMap™, the program used by Russ. The data had to be georeferenced, basically examined for accuracy and plotted in the same format with an eye toward precision. A specimen from 2015 with GPS coordinates is both accurate and precise; a specimen from 1915 that says “near Valentine” is accurate but far less precise. Among the first things done was determine when Cherry County was formed (1883) and determine any county boundary changes. Next was to review all 1,470 locations and cross check against label data to be certain the specimens all actually belonged in Cherry County. While Valentine is in Cherry County, 35 miles east of Valentine is not. Russ got to work solving location issues and applying a latitude and longitude with guidelines widely used to standardize such procedures. Eleven weeks later she was able to produce maps. The most basic of maps produced indicates all of the verifiable (able to be georeferenced) collecting sites in Cherry County. This is immediately useful in that it tells where in the county plants have been collected, and where

One county down and 92 more to go! Notice I didn’t say ‘done’. Future collections from Cherry County must also pass through the georeferencing process before being included in a mappable data set. Our goal is to use Cherry County as an illustration of the value and usefulness of NEB specimens in the 21st Century and attempt to find funding to allow NEB to continue this process across our other specimens. Eventually we’d like to see all our data from globally diverse specimens available with ease for all to utilize. — Thomas Labedz, Collections Manager, Botany & Zoology University of Nebraska State Museum January 2017 11


The Museum receives several dozen reports of newly eroded fossils from the public each year. Recently after a presentation in Valentine, Greg and Ruth Hobbs showed me a bison horn core and several mammoth enamel fragments that they found in the center of their ranch road after a thunderstorm. Additional bones were still in the ground and they were concerned that the bones may be destroyed by another storm or machinery during the fall harvest. A site visit revealed a mammoth lower jaw stacked on top of five ribs and a partial limb bone that suggested the bones were not transported very far prior to burial. The bones were buried in unconsolidated river sands that were deposited by the Niobrara River as it started cutting its valley 22,000-27,000 years ago. This layer, the Connely Flat Beds, is limited in exposure cropping out only within a short distance of the Niobrara canyon rim. In addition to the mammoth bones, we screened the sands and gravels for microfossils and recovered fish, amphibian, snake, gopher, vole, mouse, and ground squirrel remains. Several of the taxa suggest the area was much colder and drier than today. Next summer, we will return to the Hobbs Mammoth Site to see if there are any additional skeletal remains in the immediate area. The Museum relies heavily on the public to report new discoveries that expand our paleontology research collection and significantly contribute to our knowledge of Nebraska’s past climates, faunas, and habitats. — Shane Tucker, Highway Salvage Paleontologist University of Nebraska State Museum

The Olson and Roseberry families helped excavate and encase the bones in plaster. The mammoth jaw is in the white field jacket and the ribs (R) are awaiting jacketing. 12

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Is it a fossil or a large snapping turtle shell? In July 2015, Johnathan Fegley and Mitch Braun were hoping to catch a big fish but what they snagged was larger than expected. As they were trolling along the shoreline, the pair noticed a large shell eroding from the bank. Was it a large snapping turtle shell or was it a fossil? They covered the exposed shell and contacted the University of Nebraska State Museum. Highway Paleontologist Shane Tucker visited the site with them and found additional remains of 8 millionyear-old taxa on the surface. The Museum has a long history of collecting fossils at Medicine Creek Reservoir dating back to its construction in the 1940s. The reservoir is operated by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and fossils are protected under the purview of the Paleontological Resource Preservation Act (PRPA) which was passed in 2009 to manage paleontological resources on federal land (other federal land management agencies include the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture). This legislation makes it illegal to collect fossils without a permit. After obtaining the proper permitting, the Museum partnered with the BOR, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and Mitch and Johnathan’s

families to collect the 500-pound shell. They also found bones from a barrel-bodied rhino and small antelope. Giant tortoises are related to Galapagos tortoises and are important paleoclimate indicators because they cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Its presence suggests that Nebraska was frost-free year-round when it lived during the late Miocene. The discovery was not only important for its scientific value but also demonstrated the cooperation of several state and federal agencies to preserve Nebraska’s prehistoric past. — Shane Tucker, Highway Salvage Paleontologist University of Nebraska State Museum

The 500-pound plaster field jacket was transported across the lake on a pontoon boat prior to transport to the Museum.

Mitch Braun (left) and Johnathan Fegley discovered the 8 million-year-old tortoise shell while fishing. January 2017



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HIGHLIGHT OF EXCAVATION SEASON AT ASHFALL FOSSIL BEDS It is a curiosity that long ago there was a diversity of horse species living contemporaneously in what is now the Great Plains. At least seven species coexisted 12 million years ago in the savanna and woodlands of Nebraska. Fossil horse skeletons are common at the Ashfall Fossil Beds site, where five of the seven species have been recovered. With a new discovery during the 2016 season, intact undisturbed skeletons from all five are now exposed in-situ in the Hubbard Rhino Barn. Ashfall is known for the exceptional preservation of three-dimensional skeletons, and a closer look reveals activity at the ancient waterhole during the catastrophic dust storm of volcanic ash. For example, horses perished and were buried under several inches of volcanic ash before the barrel-bodied rhinos perished. Quite often the horse carcasses were trampled by rhinos; resulting in displaced and fractured bones. Also a factor, bone-crushing dogs scavenged the horse carcasses resulting in displaced bones marked with scratches and fractures from gnawing. Nonetheless, a few were spared, and as of this past summer, one undisturbed skeleton from each of the five horse species is now exposed. Of benefit to visitors and researchers alike, the undisturbed skeletons of four of the five are fully visible. The barrel-bodied rhinos out-number – and outlived all other animals that perished at the Ashfall waterhole, which resulted in their remains positioned directly above the horses (and other smaller sized species). This means that many horse remains are partially obscured by rhino skeletons. All things considered, this past year’s find of a Pseudhipparion gratum (the smallest of the Ashfall horse species) is a remarkable addition. Even though Pseudhhipparion is the most common of the horses in the ash bed with evidence of dozens of individuals, this is the first undisturbed skeleton of the species from the site. The new find was discovered by student paleontologist Mikayla Struble, a summer intern from Montana State University. Mikayla has a strong background in vertebrate anatomy and was able to anticipate the position of the skeletal elements during the excavation. A time-lapse slideshow of the excavation can be viewed at the Ashfall website Mikayla also drew and painted an illustration of the horse skeleton on a lifesize cut-out. The cut-out is used for student tours and other educational programs at Ashfall. Pseudhipparion gratum is the smallest species of horse from Ashfall times. Adults were 30 inches tall at the shoulder. The fine preservation of these delicate horse skeletons is quite a rarity, and to have all five species visible for comparison within the Hubbard Rhino Barn is a great addition to the display. It will be interesting to see what new seasons of excavation reveal and how new finds might expand our understanding of the horses that once roamed the ancient savannas of North America. — Rick Otto, Superintendent, Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park January 2017


Trailside Museum Recaps 2016 Season It has been a beautiful fall in Western Nebraska. The Trailside Museum of Natural History has had another good year and was able to keep the increase in admission from 2015, adding another 200 guests. The gift shop has also done well with a small increase from 2015. Aimee Norman returned to the Museum and was joined by Caleb Perry from Crawford for the 2016 season. The Museum and its surrounding area sparked Caleb’s interest and he has become an avid rock collector and is pursuing a career in geology. There have been many interesting people enjoying their trip to the Museum this year, some new as well as many repeat visitors. For those of you that are familiar with the book “The White River Badlands” written by Cleophas C. O’Harra, his great granddaughter stopped by the Museum from the east coast. She was delighted that we knew who her great grandfather was and was headed to South Dakota to honor him at the School of Mines. The Museum hosted another Artifact Road Show. Jim Soester from the Crawford Historical Museum brought a collection of arrowheads and shared stories of his family history homesteading on the Plains in Western Nebraska. University of Nebraska alumni Ron Hunter came from his ranch in Sheridan County to share his family history on the plains. I recorded a segment about my great grandmother’s story from being burned out in the Chicago fire to homesteading in Western Nebraska. The Trailside recruited museum guests to help name the taxidermy buffalo that has resided in the museum’s balcony for many years. The young buffalo was captured near North Platte, Nebraska and according to story, she traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The show took her to Madison Square Garden in New York to give a royal performance of a buffalo hunt to foreign visitors and she lost her life during this rare performance. There were over 1200 names to choose from. Visitors from as close as Crawford and as far away as Japan posted possible names for this historic bison. It was a hard decision and the Museum chose one of the first names to be posted as well as the last, Tatanka which means “buffalo” in the Sioux language. A second feminine name of Lily was also chosen, Tatanka Lily. 16

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About 400 school children visited the Trailside Museum this year. We are always pleased to have school groups tour the Museum to learn about the area’s natural history. The schools enjoy the scavenger hunt activity. This year we added “Bigger or Smaller” for the 1st and 2nd graders to show how evolution affects the size of animals. Signs of winter are coming slowly this year. But the time has come to let the Museum sleep. As always we look forward to another successful year in 2017. — Pattie Norman, Museum Specialist Trailside Museum of Natural History


Spring/Fall Hours

Memorial Day-Labor Day 9 am-6 pm Daily Mountain Time

April, May Thur-Sun, 10 am-5 pm Mountain Time

Winter Hours Closed November through March except by appointment

Donors Investing in Nebraska’s Natural History Legacy As 2016 draws to a close, I want to thank you for your support of our UNSM family of museums and our fourth floor renovation. Through your pledges, gifts, and annual membership, you are helping us on our journey towards transforming Morrill Hall into a modern science museum that serves Nebraskans. The fourth floor will be the final floor to be added to our exhibit display space and the first to be brought into the 21st century. When completed, the galleries and programs, including virtual field trips to Ashfall and Trailside will be game-changing.

This winter, we will begin installing prototypes of exhibit components. The first of these will be an interactive virtual watershed exhibit (science learning enabled by video-gaming) for your testing and feedback. Is it fun? Informative? Confusing? Was the activity table too high? Too low? Just right? Your comments and suggestions will be collected by our Museum volunteers and Claire M. Hubbard Science Communication interns. Watch our website and members newsletter for the schedule of member feedback opportunities.

The Museum will remain open through-out the renovation period. Construction will begin in August 2017. The fourth floor galleries will open for the 2018 winter holidays. At times, we may need to temporarily close a gallery that is being retrofitted, however, we will do our best to minimize the inconvenience.

We always dream big. Thanks for standing by and dreaming with us. This is your University of Nebraska State Museum, and we appreciate all your support. If you have given to the 4th floor capital campaign project, thank you. If you wish to make a donation or additional pledge, your contribution will have an immediate impact on the future of the UNSM.

We ask you to help us on this journey to a modern science museum by providing your input on our exhibit development. We are all born curious about the world around us. Your feedback on whether we have fed, nurtured, and inspired your inner scientist with our new approaches will be vital in helping us “get it right” for Nebraska.

Thank you,

— Dr. Susan Weller, Director University of Nebraska State Museum

January 2017





LIFETIME FRIENDS MEMBERS Betty & Bruce Anderson Douglas & Pam Cast Len Dickinson & Jule Goeller James & Nancy Estes Helen L. Greer James Goeke and Karen Amen Priscilla Grew Norm & Bernice Harris Anne M. Hubbard, M.D. Ted & Colleen Hubbard Palmer & Shirley Johnson Raymond & Bernita Neujahr Mary L. Pritchard Bill & Ruth Scott David Lind Scott Dr. Mark & Diann Sorensen Ronald D. and Lynn Tanner Dr. Loren M. & Maxine Toohey Morrie & Amy Tuttle Arthur & Christine Zygielbaum

Lifetime Members are recognized for their extraordinary dedication to the Friends.

Joseph & Shannon Adams Jerry & Ora Adler David & Alicia Admiraal Jennifer & Aaron Admire Deborah Aembry & Atef Alarab Markus & Keli Aguilera Gayle & Tom Alexander Lynn & David Allison Josh & Kelly Andersen Drs. Robert & Kathy Anderson Jon & Vicki Anderson Lindsey & Justin Anderson Rebecca & Darin Anderson Shari & Joe Anderson Lindsey & Michael Anker Denise Anl Manit & Arie Apel Jamie & Jesus Arango Delores & Edward Arceo Matt & Lori Ashmore Rebecca & Julian Atanassova Mahmood & Sarah Ather Joseph & Sandra Augustine Beverly R Austin & Don Spinar Karyn & Richard Backhus Kelli & Joel Bacon Dayna & Kelly Bahr Alvin & Laura Baker Alexandra & Aaron Ball Joseph & Angela Barnell Robert & Alana Barth Deborah Basler & Carree Matya Rod & Robin Bates Nikki Bates-Rush & Ben Rush Kent & Sherrill Baumfalk Mike & Laura Baumgartuer Ken & Candi Bazata

THE MAMMOTH Friends of the University of Nebraska State Museum

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Martha Davies & Berwyn Jones Cathy Davis & Kelly Schroder Heidi & Rick Davis Tom & Jayne Day John & Nikki DeFrain Jill DeJonge Manqi Deng & Minyi Zhang Dietz / Hoffart Family Robert & Anne Diffendal Daniel & Shamene Dixon Arieh & Talia Don Allan & Stephanie Donsig Mike & Rachel Dougherty Barbara Dowse & Dorothy Smith Dale Droescher Scott Dugan & Linda Boyle William & Anne Duhs Paige Duncan & Jon Henning Mary & Frank Dupuis Emily & Tyler Dutter Don & Karen Eakins Sally Easley & Richard Thompson Sarah & Susan Easton Milton & Holly Eckhart Dan & Stephanie Eckles Thaddeus & Teresa Edgerton Jason & Sarah Ehlers John & Pat Eisenach Erik Eitzman Leslie & Eric Elkins Amy & Elmer Ellefson Andrew & Janelle Elmore Maggie & Michael Elsener Mark & Katie Elsener Maryjo Engelhard Shibata & Rick Shibata Talia & Jonathan Engelhart Chad & Amanda Essink Lavonna Evans & Heather Evans-McCullock Sherri Eveleth & Steven Gagnon Duane Eversoll Richard & Donna Farlow Carol & Norm Farnham Ross & Emily Faubel Tyler & Elizabeth Ferebee Mollie & Joshua Ferguson Daniel & Amanda Feuerbach David and Stacey Field Christian Fielder & Leslie Ianno David & Kerry Florell Barb & Charles Francis Barbara Johnson Frank & Alan Frank Jesse Franklin & Carol Flora Terri Fraser Russ Free & Terri Marti Meghan & Robert Frickel Thomas & Mara Fritts Cathy & John Frohbergh Don & Diane Gabelhouse Torey Gandara Shanti Gangadharan & Sagar Damle Kati & Darci Gates Nikki & Codah Gatewood Jenny & Jeremy Gegg Jessica & Jim Gentert Melanie Gibson & Christopher St. Pierre Robert & Carrie Gilkerson Andrea & Anthony Gilpin Joyce Gleason

Allan Gossman Donna Gould & Matthew Wegener Mali Granot & Mestor Conen Shauna & Travis Green Janet Greser & Lisa Lewy Robert & Patricia Grimit Will & Nicole Gross Bob & Sally Guenzel Don & Alissa Gunning Michelle & Tim Gurnsey Damon & Roxann Gutzmer Dennis & Shery Hafer Timothy Hagge & Andria Bethelmie Mick & Lisa Hale Stefanie & Mike Hamilton Mark & Jennifer Hammer Cleo Hanna & Elaine Ney Deb & Dave Hansen Dwight & Irene Hansen Wendell & Judy Harden Nate & Heather Hartman Evelyn Hastings Brad Hayes & Leah Sorensen-Hayes Neveen Hegab & Chris DeHeer Anthony Heidtbrink & Sarah Walcott Sarit & Ronny Helman Lynnette & Greg Hendrickson Troy & Kathleen Hendrix Gary & Karen Heusel Arlene & Ken Hiatt David & Erika Hill Mary Beth & Eric Himmelberg Jessica & Brian Hoffman Richard & Vicki Hoffmann Larry & Dee Hogya Rachel & Dan Hoien John Hoke Cliff & Marcia Hollestelle Patti & Jim Holloway Patrick Holtort Allison & Randy Hraban John & Norarene Hrabik Robin R Huebner Karen & David Hunt Stephen & Merissa Hunt William & Kathleen Hunter Karen & Jason Hupp Dan Hurlburt & Ethan Heather Tammy & Andrew Ingwerson Alan Jackson Pat Janike & Lora Carpenter-Janike John Janovy Sarah & Ed Jaros Greg Jensen David & Nina Jinright Darla & Ben Johnson Jennifer & Justin Jones Peter & Kimberly Jorgensen Marc & Julie Joyce Mary & Nick Juett David & Kathy Junker John & Kristy Jurchen Ramona Kamal Lucas & Jaclyn Kellison Jason & Anya Kerkman Alyssa Kersting & Abel Gibilisco Molly Khan Jihyun Kim & Youngsung Suh Raymond & Mary Ellen Kincanon Douglas & Jan King

C UR R ENT F R IEN D S M E M B E R S H I P Jason & Renae Morehead Karen & David Morgan Jon & Carol Morgenson Rosalind Morris Mary Burke Morrow Ronald & Virginia Morse Megan & Troy Morton Lovell & Lowell Moser Marjorie Moss & Kevin Paulson Kenneth & Mary Moy Renee Muhlbauer & Anne Aulner Robert E. Muller Natalie & Eric Myers Ann Neal and Aletha Biggs Jason Nelms Patricia & James Neu Diana Nevins Tonya & Hayes Ngotul Sarah & Khanh Nguyen Rob & Melissa Nickolaus Patrick & Colleen Nieland Jim Nora & Julie Filips Teya O’Bannon & Brant Martens Jon Oberg & Claudia Vess Jim & Ruth O’Gara Karna & Terrence Ogden Ortal & Nimrod Ohad Vincent & Deborah Ortega Alaina & Brian Orton Susan & Dustin Otradovsky Judy Paine Lori Palik David & Joan Parriott Timothy Parsons Dennis & Jessica Pate Jeffery and Carolyn Patterson William & Marcia Pearson Gorden Peden Michael & Carol Pedersen Connie & Steve Pejsar Matt Person Melissa & Ashley Person Benjamin & Amy Petersen Frankie & Jesse Petersen Ladd Petersen Jerry and Mary Ann Petr Stacie & Rick Petter Roger & Javie Chase Pickinpaugh & Susanah Friesen Shelley Plattner & Kathryn Grove Jed & Melissa Plettner Suzanne & Caleb Plettner Ruan E Pohlman Grace Ponce Tom & Diane Pratt John & Carla Prellwitz Mark & Kathy Pretzer Robert Pribil Kathie Putensen Deborah & Arthur Rainey Kate Ratigan & Ray Arter Neal & Deb Ratzlaff Ron & Margaret Rawlings Nathan & Amber Reed Ward & Cheryl Reesman Michael Regnier & Zachary Youngman Frederick & Margaret Rickers Tricia & Philip Rieck Andrea & Bronson Riley Sarah & Willy Roberts Dawn & Aaron Robinson Deborah Roelfs &

Christine Bartlett David L Rogers Rebecca & Marshal Rogers Nathan & Jen Rohda Amanda & Kyle Rohrig Kelly & Andrew Ross David & Martha Rowe Max & Karen Rudolph Peter & Heather Rus Ellen and Raul Saldivar Hallie and Chad Salem Kaurene Salts & Fritz Kluge Susan Samson Amanda & Matt Sanford Tom & Sandy Sawyer Judy & James Scdoris Harry & Wilma Schaffert Michelle & Tyson Schaffert Brenda & Ethan Schmid Jessica & Joshua Schmidt Teresa & David Schmidt Jane & Jason Schmutle Loreen Schnakenberg Carroll E. Schnurr Ian Shroeder Nicole Schroeder & Jeff Maahs Brenda Schumacher & Mark Paulsen Sheila & Doug Schwartz Allen Schwickerdth & Carey Rezac-Schwickerdth Aimee Scudder & Katie Yokel Jon & Audrey Sevenker Perry & Janeanne Severson Nick & Kelly Shanks Amber & Karl Shawhan Emily & Ryan Shelstad Dan & Julie Shoop Margaret Sieber Cynthia Simpson Janelle & Brad Sjue Amy & Michael Smith Kathryn Smith & Mark Lind Rachel Smith & Stacie Schultz Randall B Smith John & Rachel Snelling Lynn Sobotka Jodi Sommers & Remington Holmes Jamie & Doug Sorensen Sarah & Neil Sorensen Craig & Charlene Spilker Vicki & Ken Squires Therron Stackley & Christy Aggers Thomas & Denese Stalnaker Brian & Kay Stander Theresa Stehlik & Jim Sandman Donald & Susan Steinegger Sara Stephenson & Jenise DeGraw Michelle and Russ Stigge Laura & Lucas Stock Spencer & Carissa Stock Darrin & Megan Stoll Christine & Blaine Stoy Carrie & Charles Stratman Donna & Donald Strinz Brett & Claire Studley Douglas & Sylvia Stutzman Mauricio Suarez & Edith Adan-Bante Jim & Jenny Svoboda James B. Swinehart Jim & Sue Symonds

Emily Taege & Jordan Kuhl Liz & Harold Tarr Monte & Renee Taylor Sharon & Brian Teeters Jason & Krista Testin Terry & Marilynn Theis Caroline & Tom Thomas Dawn & David Thompson Mrs. Doris A Thornburg Melvin & Rosemary Thornton Janet Thurman Erica & Eric Timperley Robert & Katie Tobin Loren M. & Maxine Orsolya Toth & Ashraf Aly Hassan Jennifer & Jonathan Tryer Shannon Tyler & Teresa Foster Rachel Simpson & Donald Umstadter Tracie & Harley Upton Alberto Uriostegoi & Doyce Mueller Dorothy Van Brocklin Ben & Sarah Van Horn Mark Van Kekerix & Robert Tucker Dennis & Pat Vermaas Maria Elena Villasante & David Nole Christine Villegas & Cecile Renfro Kyle Vohl & Lora Ullerich Ken & Erny Von Bargen Michael & Jane Voorhies Dick & Doris Walker Anna Wall David & Rose Wallman Chad & Jill Walrod Stephen & Trudy Waltman Alan & Jennifer Wang Qiong Wang & Youwei Peng Cody Ward Jane & Ron Wasserman Charles & Betty Watt Anthony & Margaret Waybright Jess & Gina Weir Nick & Rebecca Weisbeck Donald & Diane Weldon Susan Weller & Robert Zink Cheryl & Ervin Wemhoff Regina Wervor Michael & Courteney Wichman Robert & Deborah Wigton Chuck & Donna Wilcox Stacey & Robert Wiles David Willats Mark Butler & Ann Willet Amy & Austin Williams Toni Wilson Sherri Wimes & Michelle Roberts Noah & Erica Witkowicz William & Barbara Woito Nate & Adelaide Wolf Eric Wolford Larry & Sue Wood Rebecka & Jeffrey Wood Ping Yang & Haizhen Zhong Margo Young & Richard DeFusco Ella Zeldich Mike & Amy Zeleny Shari Zinnecker


Renee & Joshua King Christine & Terry Kirsch Roger & Helga Kirst Amber & Kevin Klein John Knapp & Jacki Bradley Dan & Nikki Konz Haile & Benjamin Kopsa Angela & Denes Korpas Barb & Mark Kortum Drew & Becky Kramer Ralph & Elizabeth Krause Nick & Alyssa Krejci Andrew & Katie Krieger Adam Krug Valerie & Justin Kubick Sarah & Blair Laddusaw Melissa & Melodee Landis Moshe & Rotem Lapidot Joseph M Larson Alice & Mark Lau Brett Laursen & Erika Hoff Quang Le & Sherri Pham Nestor & Melissa Leija Jan & Thomas Lemon Nick & Kathleen Lenzen Lincoln Gem & Mineral Club Jim & Gail Linderholm Autumn & Eric Linke Mark & Takako Liska Carlos Lizarraga & Patricia Cerda-Lizarraga Tracy & David Lockwood Ryan Loriaux Peter & Lisa Lueninghoener Douglas & Deborah Lynch Terry & Cheryl Maassen Bryan & Rachel Mack Mike & Kelly Madcharo Laura & Jeremiah Maher Patrick Maloney Vella Mandelblat & Yael Mandelblat-Cerf Curtis K Mann Janet Mansfield & Chelsea Groleau Markham Mary Martig Christopher Martin & Stephanie Matejka Michael & Donna Martin Martin & Ruth Massengale Jim & Georgianne Mastera Lois & Z B Mayo Marilyn McDowell & Ed Schmidt Robert McEntarffer & Kristin Krohn Mike & Kate McFadden Breeanna & Chad McGowan Jennifer & Jason McHargue Alan & Sharon McVay David & Shovi Meduna Edith A Meints Angela & Bill Melton Karen & Charles Messenger James & Michelle Meuret Jennifer & Thomas Miller John Millington Melissa Mills Missionary Benedictine Sisters Deb Mitchell & John Guenzel William & Jessica Moller David & Marilyn Moore James & Noreen Moore Jeremiah & Leah Moore Terry & Cathy Moore

*Friends as of December 15, 2016 January 2017


FRIENDS OF THE STATE MUSEUM Friends of the University of Nebraska State Museum 307 Morrill Hall PO Box 880357 Lincoln, NE 68588-0357

Priscilla C. Grew 2016 Scholarship Recipients In 2015, the Priscilla C. Grew Museum Scholarship Fund was established by the University of Nebraska State Museum Friends Board of Directors, colleagues and friends of Dr. Priscilla Grew upon her retirement from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The award honors Dr. Grew’s dedication to the museum, as its director for 12 years and as a UNL professor and administrator. Dr. Grew’s legacy of supporting undergraduate students through educational opportunities at the Museum continues through this award.

The Priscilla C. Grew scholarship winners met with Dr. Priscilla C. Grew during a special awards presentation luncheon. From left: Connie Pejsar, NU Foundation; Hannah Anderson, scholarship recipient; Dr. Susan Weller, Museum director; Dr. Priscilla Grew; Lexi Matulka, scholarship recipient.

The inaugural recipients of the scholarship are seniors Hannah Anderson, biological sciences major and volunteer in the Museum’s Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasites, and Lexi Matulka, advertising and public relations major and the Museum’s membership liaison. Both students attribute their time helping to support the Museum as a contribution to their continued education and stewardship of natural history and science. UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see

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