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October 20, 2005
Contact: Jordan Yochim, Natural History Museum, (785) 864-2343; Dan Lara, University Relations, (785) 864-8855.

Natural History Museum to hold news conference to preview Explore Evolution


LAWRENCE -- The Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center at the University of Kansas will hold a news conference and media tour at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, to preview the new multimedia exhibition Explore Evolution. The news conference will be held in the fifth floor gallery of the museum, Dyche Hall.

The news conference and media tour will precede the public opening of the exhibit on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Explore Evolution will give visitors the opportunity to understand and experience how scientists conduct research on evolution.

Current scientific research and major discoveries by internationally recognized scientists are featured. Seven areas, from cells to whales, explore and illustrate evolutionary principles and show how knowledge of evolution is fundamental to advances in contemporary science and medicine.

The free exhibition will be on display for about two years, and KU is one of six museums nationally showcasing the exhibition. It is funded by a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

For more information on the exhibition, go to http://www.news.ku.edu/2005/October/Oct3/evolve.shtml.

WHAT: News conference and media tour for the Natural History Museum's new Explore Evolution exhibit.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

WHERE: Fifth floor gallery, Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.

WHO: Remarks by Leonard Krishtalka, director of the museum, then a question and answer session with Krishtalka; Bruce Scherting, director of museum exhibits; and Teresa MacDonald, director of museum education.

The KU Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. See http://www.nhm.ku.edu for more information about the museum and see http://www.explore-evolution.unl.edu for more about the exhibition.

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