Nature News

Applications for the Norris Center Student Project Awards are available and due Feb. 9, 2017.

We've received a two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to curate and digitize 30,000 specimens from the Randall Morgan Insect Collection!


Mission Statement

Norris-Center-logoThe Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History is dedicated to cultivating natural history skills for students of all ages, fostering each student's passion for the natural world, and supporting natural history research that serves as the basis for understanding the complex and rapidly changing ecosystems around us.

In Ken's Words


In this process, I must throw away failed ideas as quickly as I pose my new questions.  My ‘throwing away muscles’ must be just as good as my ‘asking muscles.’  I call this process ‘spinning the wheel.

Nature Notes

Slime Mold

Keep your eyes peeled for slime molds on campus! These small and funky organisms are essentially brainless, giant cells. They move slowly to find bacteria, fungi and other decaying organic matter to feed on. Look for them on logs, trees, in leaf litter or growing on vegetation.