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  1. 1. Transition and rebirth at the Frost Entomological Museum (PSUC) Andy Deans & István Mikó Frost Entomological Museum Pennsylvania State University
  2. 2. History
  3. 3. 1850s “an institution for the education of youth in the various branches of science, learning and practical agriculture” Penn State Libraries
  4. 4. Google Stuart W. Frost 1927
  5. 5. retirement, 1957
  6. 6. Patterson Building Penn State Libraries
  7. 7. W. Wayne Boyle curator, 1957–1967 Arthur Chapman
  8. 8. Ke Chung “K.C.” Kim curator, 1968–2008 Sandy_R Derek Sikes
  9. 9. Today
  10. 10. public collection office office office prep rooms storage library Museum has >3600 ft2 (>335 m2). Systematics program has >5600 ft2 (>520 m2).
  11. 11. public A bit dated.
  12. 12. Penn State Location, location, location Glenda Sims
  13. 13. Expansion, renovation, redesign. Reopen fall 2014!
  14. 14. The collection ≈ 2,000,000 specimens Anoplura* 15,000 slides Kim collection; 300 spp. Araneae 30,000 specimens many paratypes Coleoptera 160,000 specimens 5,500 spp. Collembola** >650,000 specimens Diptera 100,000 specimens 2,000 spp. Hemiptera*** 160,000 specimens Pepper aphid collection Hymenoptera**** 150,000 specimens 1,700 spp. Lepidoptera 70,000 specimens Patterson butterflies Odonata***** 64,111 specimens >1,000 spp.; Beatty collection remainder 600,000 specimens many in project cabinets
  15. 15. ** 508,852 collembolans in these six vials.
  16. 16. Unconventional strengths ● Nicholas A. Tonelli Insects of Pennsylvania
  17. 17. Unconventional strengths ● Insects of Archbold Bug G. Membracid
  18. 18. Unconventional strengths ● light-trapped insects
  19. 19. Unconventional strengths ● leaf miners Rylee Isitt
  20. 20. Unconventional strengths ● Ophiocordyceps-infected insects link
  21. 21. Pinned insects: ● ● ● ● USNM-style storage 1,668 drawers 130 Lane/Ward’s cabinets no fumigants ● plus some non-standard cabinets
  22. 22. Wet specimens: ● ● ● Shell vials in non-archival glass jars Glass vials without polyseal gaskets 728 metal drawers
  23. 23. Odonata: ● ● Cellophane envelopes or paper triangles 1,100 Kraft boxes on open shelves
  24. 24. Slides: ● ● ● Canada balsam standard slide boxes slides stored horizontally on open shelves
  25. 25. Recent activities
  26. 26. Curation Treat / re-house exposed specimens, rescue specimens from Riker mounts
  27. 27. Curation and rebuilding teaching collection! (we need Grylloblattodea)
  28. 28. Inventory and profiling first since 1990 http://bit.ly/PSUCinventory http://bit.ly/FrostSOPs
  29. 29. Loans audit
  30. 30. Training Summer intern program We are looking for grad students!
  31. 31. Digitizing and databasing Species File / mx (TaxonWorks) http://taxonworks.org/ identifiers/barcodes images ● PSUC_FEM 70710
  32. 32. Mexican Odonata: http://volunteer.ala.org.au/project/index/2677524 Eastern U.S. Odonata: http://volunteer.ala.org.au/project/index/2816097 Eastern U.S. Bombus: http://volunteer.ala.org.au/project/index/2812917
  33. 33. Volunteer: 1. 2. 3. transcribe copy and paste use mapping tool for lat/long PSUC: 4. 5. 6. verify export import into DB
  34. 34. http://gigamacro.com/ Collaboration with Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  35. 35. See it at GigaPan: http://bit.ly/PSUCslides
  36. 36. Ongoing research systematics: taxonomy, faunistics, phylogenomics DNA: functional genomics, evolutionary developmental biology museology: effective exhibits, curation practices informatics: ontologies, semantic phenotype representation
  37. 37. Collaborations imaging: CLSM, in vivo SR-µCT (van de Kamp talk!), laser ablation tomography Benjamin Hall morphology: biomechanics, finite element, nanoindentation analyses
  38. 38. knock-down in Drosophila genotype-phenotype quantify w/rigor Santhosh Girirajan, Janani Iyer neuroanatomy
  39. 39. Outreach Friends of the Frost Museum PSU Master Gardeners Great Insect Fair EGSA
  40. 40. @FrostMuseum Curators' blog Facebook flickr
  41. 41. James L. Monroe Butterflies (and other insects) of Pennsylvania (and elsewhere)
  42. 42. Jana Scott http://www.janascottfineart.com/
  43. 43. Sarah Swist http://www.saraheswist.com/ More than you can chew. Sarah Swist, 2013.
  44. 44. Hard to swallow. Sarah Swist, 2013. The physical possibility of gravity in the mind of someone standing right here. Sarah Swist, 2013.
  45. 45. Oil and age. Sarah Swist, 2013.
  46. 46. Acknowledgments K.C. Kim, “Butterfly” Bob Snetsinger, Bob Foottit, Hal White, Justin Schmidt, Nick Sloff Entomology graduate students, Friends of the Frost Entomological Museum 2013 Frost Biodiversity Interns: Sal, Angela, Karah, Brian Gary Felton, Dave Love, CAS administration Jim Monroe, Jana Scott, Sarah Swist Janani Iyer
  47. 47. http://bit.ly/PSUCrebirth (this slide show) http://sites.psu.edu/frost/ (Frost Curators’ Blog) http://psuc.speciesfile.org/ (PSUC database) ?

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