The transition from summer to fall is always a busy one in the museum. There is the switch from fieldwork mode to teaching and research mode. Personnel changes are often a part of the transition too. And the visitors change from the groups of children who take advantage of our summer public education program to the groups of students and professors who make use of the collection for courses and research.
After a successful field season Terry Wheeler and Stéphanie Boucher are gearing up for a busy fall term, with four courses on the books. Stéphanie’s Insect Biology course is the foundation of our entomology offerings in the faculty. Stéphanie and Terry are teaming up to teach Field Entomology, a new course offered for the first time this fall. It’s a pilot project this year but we’ll be teaching to a bigger group of students next summer. Terry is team-teaching another new course, Insect Diversity, with Chris Buddle (this is is the fusion of Terry’s Systematic Entomology with Chris’s Insect Ecology). And finally, Terry’s grad course in Insect Phylogeny and Diversity is on this fall as well.
Our database coordinator, Amélie Grégoire Taillefer, is wrapping up an enormous effort to database the Lyman’s Diptera collection (part of the Canadensys program) and taking on another major project as she embarks on parental leave. Our summer undergraduate students – Nicolas Chatel-Launay, Sabrina Rochefort and Elodie Vajda – will all be continuing their involvement with the museum this fall and we’re delighted to have them staying on as part of the team.
Some long-standing construction in and around the museum is drawing to a close and we’re looking ahead to a museum Open House at McGill’s Homecoming weekend in October. It will be a kind of grand (re)opening for the museum as the Lyman’s 2014 Centennial approaches. There is still a little work to do to get the place tidied up and ready for visitors.