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Mon 22 Dec 2014

"Brachyura of the World" - Danièle Guinot in town

Category : visitors

Danièle Guinot of the Laboratoire de Zoologie (Arthropodes), Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle is one of the world's most renowned carcinologists who has published some of the most important papers in this field on the systematics of virtually all major groups of crabs.

She is in Singapore (5 - 20 Mar 2007) to catch up with the "Brachyura of the World" project - what Raffles Museum director Peter Ng calls "Le Grande Project." This has been ongoing for at least a decade. With Guinot in town, Peter gets to immerse himself in crab talk (systemtatics and taxonomy) a lot more than he usually does and we try not to ply him with administrative issues.

Peter Davie (Queensland Museum, Australia), the third part of the triumvirate, should join us today and we'll defintely put up a photo of the trio!

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

"Goby lady" Helen Larson visits

Category : visitors

Helen Larson, the Curator of Fishes at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, Australia, will be with us at the department between 20th - 30th June 2005.

Helen, one of the world's experts on the systematics of goby fishes, is here for a research visit with Zeehan Jaafar who is working on the group in this region.

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

All hands on deck - Crusty visitors ahoy!

Category : visitors

Be prepare all for the avalanche of research visitors in January (mainly Crustacean taxonomists):

  1. Dr. Dwi Listyo Rahayu (Yoyo): 5-26 Jan. (LIPI; sort and work on hermit crabs from the Panglao Expeditions)
  2. Dr. Daisy Wowor: 5 Jan - 4 Feb. (Bogor Museum; Freshwater shrimp taxonomy)
  3. Dr. Tomoyuki Komai: 11-19 Jan. (Chiba Museum; sort and work on hermit crabs from the Panglao Expeditions)
  4. Dr. Chan Tin-Yam: 11 - 14 Jan. (NTOU; sort and work on shrimps from the Panglao Expeditions)
  5. Dr. Masako and Dr. Lin Feng-Jiao: 11 - 19 Jan. (Tin-Yam's research staff at NTOU; sort and work on shrimps from the Panglao Expeditions)

Yoyo and Komai will be stationed at the Systematics & Ecology Lab. Daisy will be stationed at the Peter Ng's department office at S2. Tin-Yam and gang will work in the museum's second floor wet collection and the visitor's room for the duration of their stay here.

Thanks to Swee Hee (Curator of Crustacea) for the update!

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

Bertrand Richer De Forges

Category : visitors

Bertrand Richer De Forges (right) hails from Noumˇa, New Caeldonia, where he is the Director of Research at the Institut de la recherche pour le développement (IRD).

He will be in Singapore working with the Director of RMBR, Peter Ng (left) on the deep-sea spider crabs collected from the Panglao 2004 expedition to the Philippines.

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

Colin McClay, U. Canterbury, NZ

Category : visitors

Colin McClay of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, enjoying a cuppa outside the Systematics & Ecology Lab.

Colin, who works on the Dromiidae is here from 22nd January to 10th February 2005.

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

Crustacean researchers in November

Category : visitors

Pedro Castro, California State Polytechnic. Univ., USA. 01 Nov - 18 Nov 2004. Systematics of crabs. Host: Tan Swee Hee.

Peter Davie, Australian Museum. 01 - 27 Nov. Systematics of crabs. Host: Tan Swee Hee.

To welcome our crabby visitors, here's Crab-Fu by Hwang I-Wei, 2004. Click to play the small mov file. For the good stuff - the larger, original version, visit his Crab Fu website.

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

Delegation from Biodiversity Research & Training Program, Thailand (BRT)

Category : visitors

A delegation from Biodiversity Research & Training Program, Thailand (BRT) led by an old friend, Somsat Panha from Chulalongkorn University's Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science, dropped in to the Raffles Museum and SIngapore Science Centre on a fact funding mission on public education methods.

Somsak is a co-ordinator of the BRT Program which is supported by the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and just celebrated their 10th Anniversary in October 2005.

The program supported mostly taxonomic works in the first phase and publications in the second phase. They have been in discusion to contribute more material to society though newsletters, guidebooks, booklets, nature trails and the internet. It looks like a more resources will reach the community soon!


L-R: Peter Ng, Sompoad Sri Rosamatara, Visut Baimai, Somsat Panha and Rungsima Tantalakha

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

Delegation from Ochanomizu University Science and Education Center, Japan

Category : visitors

24 Feb 2006 - A delegation from Ochanomizu University Science and Education Center - Professors Akiko Sato, Kimiko Murofushi and Kimiko Takizawa - visited the Science Faculty to share outreach strategies for schools.

They were hosted at the Raffles Museum by Research Officer N. Sivasothi where they learnt about the public education and school programmes as well public exhibitions and the Public Gallery. They also discussed science education elements behind each programme and the use of internet tools.

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

Delegation from Vietnam

Category : visitors

Staff of the Faculty of Biology, Hanoi University of Science (HUS), Vietnam National University (VNU), visited the Raffles Museum on 6th of August 2004.

Peter Ng, Darren Yeo and Tran Anh Duc hosted the group. They led them on a tour of the RMBR facilities, including the Public Gallery, Dry and Wet Collections.

The tour was followed by a discussion and exchange of ideas on museum operations, strategies and policies of the RMBR and the Zoological Museum of the Hanoi University of Science (ZMUH).

The delegation consisted:
1. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Huan, Vice Dean, Faculty of Biology
2. Assoc. Prof. Trinh Dinh Dat
3. Assoc. Prof. Le Duy Thanh
4. Mr. Le Hong Diep, M.Sc., lecturer
5. Mrs. Hoang Thi Hoa, M.Sc., lecturer
6. Mrs. Ngo Thi Minh Thu, B.Sc., Research Assistant
7. Mr. Vu Ngoc Thanh, B.Sc., Reserch Officer
8. Mr. Ngo Xuan Nam, B.Sc., Research Assistant
9. Mr. Nguyen Thai Binh, B.Sc., Research Assistant
10. Mr. Hoang Quoc Khanh, B.Sc., Research Assistant
11. Mr. Nguyen Anh Duc, B.Sc., Research Assistant

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

Delegation from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences

Category : visitors

28 Feb 2006 - A LIPI delegation from the Research Centre for Biology (Pusat Penelitian Biologi LIPI) visited the Raffles Museum today to examine the research and education programmes.

The group consisted of Sri Sulandari, Msa Zein, Yuyu S Poerba and Atit Kanthi were hosted by N. Sivasothi.

Their visit in Singapore to the Department of Biological Sciences is hosted by Navjot Sodhi.

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