Gateway Science Museum

Summer 2014

Explore Evolution

A diatom shown at the Explore Evolution exhibitDNA stand and virus cell shown at the Explore Evolution exhibit

Explore Evolution investigates evolutionary principles in organisms ranging from the smallest to the largest. The project focuses on seven research projects that have made a major contribution to our understanding of evolution. This interactive exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to experience how scientists conduct research on evolution. This exhibit features the work of the following scientists:

Charles Wood(opens in new window) on the rapid evolution of HIV.

Sherilyn Fritz and Edward Theriot(opens in new window) on the emergence of a new diatom species in the fossil record.

Cameron Currie(opens in new window) on farmer ants and their coevolving partners.

Kenneth Kaneshiro(opens in new window) on selective mating among Hawaiian flies.

Rosemary and Peter Grant(opens in new window) on Galápagos finches.

Svante Pääbo and Henrik Kaessmann(opens in new window) on the genetic ties between humans and chimps.

Philip Gingerich(opens in new window) on fossil discoveries of walking whales.

Resources about evolution can be found here(opens in new window).

Explore Evolution was developed by Judy Diamond Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska State museum with the Science Museum of Minnesota. Carl Zimmer wrote the exhibit text. Angie Fox provided scientific illustrations and design assistance. This exhibit is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0229294 (Diamond, PI). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This copy of the Explore Evolution Exhibit is being traveled by the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the University of Oklahoma.

Era of Innovation: Past and Present

Enloe Medical Center logoCreated in collaboration with Enloe Medical Center, this exhibit guides visitors through more than a century of health care practices and innovations in Northern California. The exhibit features historical images and equipment, including a doctor’s bag and horse-drawn buggy used by Dr. Newton Thomas Enloe, founder of Enloe Hospital in 1913. It also highlights best practices in health care today.

The Enloe family buggy

The Enloe family buggy, gifted to Enloe Medical Center and restored in 2007. Photo courtesy of Enloe Medical Center.

Changing California, Geological and Ecological Transformations

Changing California Geological & Ecological Transformations

Take a journey through time, as you explore geological and ecological transformations in Northern California, and investigate the impact of invasive plant and animal life, transferal of disease, species adaptations, implications to our modern ecosystem, and much more. This is an interactive exhibit for visitors of all ages.