Reading Nature, Observing Science: Examining Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris Papers

Case 2: Natural History, Pedagogy, and Echolocation

Case 2: Natural History 

The objects on the first shelf of this case highlight Norris's work in natural history, ranging from his prolific note taking to his research on lizards and dolphins. Click the above link to read more about Norris's practice and understanding of natural history. 

Case 2: Natural History Field Quarter 

The materials on the second shelf pertain to the Natural History Field Quarter, a popular course that Norris created, which is still offered by UCSC's Environmental Studies Department. The images, notes, and syllabus featured in the case are from various Field Quarters taught by Norris, including the course's first offering in 1973. Click the above link to read more about the Natural History Field Quarter. 

Case 2: Echolocation

The objects on the last shelf showcase Norris's research on dolphin echolocation and the various technologies he used for this research, such as audiotape recordings and sonographs. There are also images of Kathy the dolphin pressing a lever while wearing blindfolds, an experiment which was part of Norris's echolocation work. Click the above link to read more about Norris's echolocation research.   




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