I was obsessed with Dr. Dale Gnidovec! From the dinosaur skull on his belt buckle and his dinosaur tie, to his extreme enthusiasm and passion for paleontology and geology, he captured all of my attention! I really enjoyed how he was able to connect American geological discoveries (even some specifically from Ohio) to some of the museums we will soon be seeing when we travel abroad. Thanks to Dr. Dale Gnidovec, I’m most excited to see the Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée! Although I’m a biology major, if I could major in anything, it would be anatomy. Being on a prevet track, I’m very interested in comparative anatomy; thus, this museum is right up my alley! I can’t wait to see with my own eyes the room full of skeletons and all the fossils that Dr. Dale Gnidovec showed us during his presentation!
I learned so much from Dr. Carol Anelli’s presentation on Tuesday. When we think about species and evolution, we automatically think of Charles Darwin. I’ve never really thought about what the previous ideas were on the origins of species before Darwin published his book and ideas. Thus, I was intrigued when Dr. Anelli spoke about Plato’s idea that species have a perfect essence and that they are immutable; in general, variations were thought as being unimportant. Now a days, this goes against everything we know, but just imagining how Darwin was going against everyone and everything at the time of his publication of “On the Origin of Species” makes me admire him even more. I’ve always admired Darwin, but I’ve never spent the time learning about his personal life. Thus, I really appreciated that Dr. Anelli went into such detail about Darwin, from his upbringing and family to his voyages on the HMS Beagle. Overall, I learned a great deal from Dr. Anelli and might read “On the Origin of Species” on my own time and consider focusing on Darwin for my final class project.
I found Dr. Weisenberger’s presentation very interesting! I hadn’t heard about the 150 innovation research project that was occurring until we first mentioned it in this course, but you could really see how passionate and knowledgable Dr. Weisenberger was about the project. Her energy was truly contagious and I learned a great deal from her. For example, I had no idea that the original name of Ohio State was the Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College! I did peruse the 150 innovations website before Dr. Weisenberger’s presentation, but after hearing her speak, I’m even more excited about our first upcoming project! Dr. Weisenberger briefly spoke about Lois Jones leading the first all-female research group to Antartica, one of the published 150 innovation articles that I had been previously exposed to and interested in. Thus, thanks to Dr. Weisenberger, I now have a list of potential topics for our first research project about the history of OSU and am even more excited to see what I end up choosing as my topic and all that I’ll soon learn.