Wall of Human Origins – Organized and put up by Library Associate Kristen Pantle, this display has a collection of books, informative posters, and skulls from Denison’s very own Biology department. Pantle, who has a background in Physical Anthropology, expressed an interest in putting up a display that would give students the opportunity to see the university’s hominid cast and bone collections. She conveyed her deepest gratitude to Christine Weingart and the Biology department for their help and specimens.
Astronomy – Opposite the Wall of Human Origins display is the Astronomy display, envisaged by Library Associate Kim Greenslade. Given the recent release of the film Hidden Figures and the passing of Ohio-native John Glenn, Greenslade felt this display to be timely and obtained many of the materials from NASA. Additionally, given her background in education, Greenslade was compelled to make this information readily available to students and professors. Ohio has so many great connections to aerospace; besides producing a record number of astronauts, an Ohio State University – Newark professor currently works for NASA. Greenslade expresses her deepest gratitude to Beth Jeffries in Denison’s Physics & Astronomy department and hopes that this display inspires people “to visit the Air Force Museum, John Glenn Research Center, or even Denison’s observatory.” Perhaps best said by our own John Glenn: “The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.”