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Sun 14 Mar 2004

Hordes came to NUS Open House

Category : NUS

It was NUS Open House on Saturday, and there were faculty visits this year, including an introduction to biodiversity research, education and conservation in NUS with a visit to the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research's Public Gallery.

At 1 pm, a couple of visitors appeared and it was all very tame ­ but it was just the calm before the storm. My guides were blissfully unaware of the flurry of emails the previous week as the Deanšs office made serious preparations for this event. And it was not in vain; when the flood gates opened shortly after 2pm, the guides were only able to sit down again after 7pm.

Museum guides rushed back from desperate toilet breaks as the hordes kept coming, climbing the stairs to reach us. At one point we nearly had a hundred at the same time in the small gallery. We figured it must have been a riot elsewhere in Science Faculty. At least they had to climb the stairs up three floors to get to us!

It was nice to see this enthusiasm. It reminded me of the Science Open House in 1987. I was then a Science Club guide and enjoyed hearing enthusiastic researchers ­ staff, grad and hons students talk animatedly about their work. Reminded me of public demonstrations by scientists in days of old...

Some photos are up on the Toddycats webpage.

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