Natural history lovers young and old came to the Museum today for Identification Day, an event where Museum scientists are available to identify natural history specimens belonging to visitors.

Carl Mehling of the Paleontology Department (pictured above), had a number of highlights from the day. One visitor brought in a mammoth tooth, while another brought in coprolite, the scientific name for fossilized poop, likely from a marine reptile. Carl was also able to identify a chunk of modern whale jaw, found on a beach in Fire Island, purely by touch!

Adam Watson of the Anthropology Department (above), was excited about a visitor’s Archeulean hand-axe from Libya, as well as Archaic and Woodland Period projectile points that a visitor had found on his property by Lake Champlain.

Céline Martin of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (pictured on right), reported seeing many great samples, including a quartz crystal with mica and garnets, brought in by a newly minted rock collector, only four years old! 

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in ID Day, and we’ll see you again in 2016.

In college.


Orientation was the stereotypical process shown in every coming of age movie. 

My dorm is sick as shit.

I’ve found that I’m probably the most awkward person anyone will ever meet. 

Met a few cool people.

Don’t really know how to continue hanging out with them because, well, see line 4.

If you attend the University of Portland: don’t be alarmed by my seemingly awkward nature. I have many bags of sour patch watermelon and Annie’s cheddar bunnies in my dorm! And movies. Really good movies. Like Iron Man and Drive and The Matrix Trilogy. And we’ll have a couch in a few hours so… incentive! 

I honestly don’t care who you are. Come to Mehling 532 or message me on here. We will hang. It will be fantastic.

Bribery: making friends the college way.

Live from Identification Day!

Today is the Museum’s annual Identification Day! Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the Museum celebrates the importance of natural history collections by inviting visitors to bring in their own specimens to be identified by Museum scientists. 

The event is in full swing, and hundreds of eager visitors are in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall with their objects, ranging from fossils and shells, to insects and feathers. Above, Céline Martin and Saebyul Choe of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department are identifying minerals. 

Over at the Ornithology table, Collections Manager Paul Sweet has a rainbow display of study skins from the Museum’s research collection. Earlier today, Paul gave an interview on Persicope about ID Day, check it out!

One of the most exciting moments so far was when New Yorker Alex S. brought in a fossil from China, which turned out to be an Early Cretaceous Microraptor! Paleontology Collections Manager Carl Mehling noted a CT Scan would be necessary to conclusively identify the item. 

ID Day continues through 5 pm, and you can follow along with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope for live updates!


Just got serenaded by the guys at villa!!!! #up17 #universityofportland #collegelife #mehling #villa #nicestudybreak


Just got serenaded by villa! #meh #mehling #uportland #collegelife #universityofportland


Für den Teig: 4 Eier - 160 g Zucker - 120 g Mehl - 3 EL heißes Wasser - 1 TL Backpulver - 1 Prise Salz Für die Füllung: 400 g Erdbeeren - 200 g Erdbeermarmelade - 200 g Schlagsahne - 1 EL Zucker 

Für den Teig: Eier trennen, Eiweiß mit Zucker schaumig schlagen, Dotter mit dem Wasser leicht schaumig rühren und unter die Eiweißmasse heben, Mehl und Backpulver trocken vermengen und unter die Eiermasse heben. Ein Blech mit Backtrennpapier auslegen; Biskuitmasse gleichmäßig verteilen, glatt streichen. Bei 200 Grad C Heißluft etwa 10 Min backen. Fingerprobe = leicht auf das Biskuit drücken - wenn die Masse sich wieder hebt, ist das Biskuit fertig! Auf einem Tuch 1 EL Zucker aufstreuen; Biskuit darauf stürzen und vorsichtig aufrollen, auskühlen lassen. Für die Füllung: Erdbeeren waschen, trocken tupfen, und in kleine Stücke schneiden, Schlagsahne und Zucker steif schlagen, Biskuit aufrollen, mit heißer Erdbeermarmelade besteichen, Sahne und Erdbeerstückchen darauf verteilen und wieder einrollen. Für die Schoko-Version, dem Teig 2-3 EL Kakao beimengen - ergibt eine dunkle Roulade.

My good friends at @suncreaturestudio have and amazing @kickstarter going (called The Reward, Tales of Alethrion): So if you - like me - have any passion for animation and great original projects, do yourself a favour and check it out! The more stretch goal they reach, the more episodes we get, and I want to see them all :) You can check out there earlier projects (“The Reward” + “Tales of Alethrion”: The First Hero) on youtube: - Btw this painting is made by the awesome Even Mehl Amundsen. #thereward #kickstarter #suncreaturestudio #talesofalethrion

I wrote a song about mattfoggy today and even recorded it with guitar and my own voice (whoa) and I’m proud of it, I blame kingsmanatheart who did it first and did an awesome job, and now I literally sent that song to my dad because that’s how proud I am, but I only said I got inspired by a tv show, I didn’t tell him that it’s a song about the love between two men because of obvious reasons, but still, I wrote a freaking song about avocados, WHAT HAS MY LIFE BECOME

Stacey Tran, editor of Portland’s Poor Claudia press & all-around amazing human, recorded this 30-minute track of this weekend’s Octopus Books double book release party & group reading, featuring ten local poets reading from the two newest Octopus Books: Chris DeWeese’s The Father of the Arrow is the Thought & Marisol Limon Martinez’s Via Dissimulata. Featuring performances by Tyler Brewington, Stacey Tran, Liz Mehl, John Beer, Travis Meyer, Kelly Schirmann, Emily Kendal Frey, James Gendron, Drew Scott Swenhaugen, & Hajara Quinn.

(via Stacey Tran / record_record)