Ryan Ridder, 2016

I am now a mammal paleontology graduate student at the KU Biodiversity Institute, working under Christopher Beard. I study an assemblage of mammals from a particular site in southern Wyoming called Twelvemile Basin, which represents a period of time roughly eight million years after the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct. Currently I am one of three David B. Jones Fellows in Vertebrate Paleontology. I try to do as much outreach as I can, speaking at elementary schools and creating activities for public events associated with the KU Natural History Museum and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I also established a "Be a Paleontologist" merit badge activity for local Girl Scouts. In my spare time I am attempting to write a book about mammal evolution for a general audience. 


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Day After Thanksgiving Program: Magic Marbles
Friday, November 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
It’s a day of marble magic with fun for the entire family. Explore the museum’s special exhibit Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, and try your hand at “knuckling down” during a marble lesson. Then, pick out your own marble and turn it into a piece of wearable art to take home with you. Included with museum admission.

 

Global Film Festival
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 309, 1301 Mississippi St.
Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. The film will be announced on the Museum’s website.

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