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National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History hosted 2015 National Math Festival programs which included "Expert is In: The Math Behind Volcanic Eruptions", "Expert is In: New Seaweed, New Homes?", and "Expert is In: Skeleton in Motion".

"Expert is In: The Math Behind Volcanic Eruptions" was presented by Dr. Benjamin Andrews. Dr. Andrews is a research geologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He has studied volcanoes around the world, including in Hawaii, Guatemala, and Russia.

"Expert is In: New Seaweed, New Homes?" was presented by Courtney Gerstenmaier. Gerstenmaier is a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, spending her time jointly with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Communication Office. Her favorite sea creatures are spotted eagle rays, whale sharks, and small deep sea crustaceans.

"Expert is In: Skeleton in Motion" was presented by Dr. Habiba Chirchir. Dr. Chirchir is the Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “My primary research goal is to understand the evolution of human skeletal anatomy and why it is unique in comparison to our closest living relatives, the great apes,” she writes. Her work focuses on understanding how humans are able to walk and run long distances.

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