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Devon Akmon’s professional updates and news on adventure and travel.

Field of View: An Art x Science Film Series

May 23, 2022 News, News

After two years of social distancing and other precautions due to the ongoing pandemic, the MSU Museum is pleased to bring the local community together in an outdoor public setting for an exciting new films series that will entertain, enlighten, and illuminate minds.  Field of View: An Art x Science Film Series, co-presented by the MSU Museum, MSU Science Gallery, and the City of East Lansing, features a collection of eight thought-provoking documentaries exploring humankind’s understanding of the world. ThisRead More

The 2022 Go! St. Louis Marathon

April 9, 2022 Adventure

On Sunday, April 3, I successfully completed the 2022 Go! St. Louis Marathon. In addition to being my second marathon of the year, this event marked an important milestone. In 2020, I planned to run the Go! St. Louis Marathon, but it ultimately got canceled due to the onset of the pandemic. After two years, the marathon returned to its pre-pandemic scope. Unlike the marathon in Atlanta, the weather was near perfect. Temperatures hovered between the high 30s at theRead More

‘Science of Grief’ Podcast Wins ‘Best Use of New Media’ Award

March 11, 2022 News

The Science of Grief podcast, produced by Michigan State University’s Science Gallery and WDET-FM, was recognized as the Best Use of New Media at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters‘ 2021 Broadcast Excellence Awards on Thursday, March 10, 2022. We’re immensely excited about, and grateful for, the recognition! The 10-episode podcast series provided space for young adults to share stories, science, and solutions for those who explored their mental health for the first time. Hosted by acclaimed poet and MSU ScienceRead More

The 2022 Atlanta Marathon

March 7, 2022 Adventure

On February 27, I successfully completed the 2022 Atlanta Marathon. Officially titled the Public Atlanta Marathon, the event was my first organized race since the start of the pandemic, and my sixth marathon in the 50 States Challenge. In a nutshell, it was a beast! The marathon began and ended in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. It was a relatively scenic course, which passed by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Freedom Park, through Piedmont Park, andRead More

Vivid Fall Colors in the Western Upper Peninsula

October 10, 2021 Adventure

The fall tree foliage was especially vibrant and colorful during our recent visit to the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We made a quick jaunt to the UP the first weekend in October to view nature’s magnificence. Despite some rain, the temperatures were unseasonably warm and the fall colors were near peak. Much of our time was spent in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and the Keweenaw Peninsula. While this trip was primarily to view and photograph fall colors, weRead More

Tracked & Traced

September 30, 2021 News

On September 10, 2021, MSU’s Science Gallery opened its fourth annual exhibition, “Tracked & Traced,” at the Michigan State University Museum. On display until December 11, the exhibition and its supporting public programs examine the complex relationship between surveillance and ethics. Through the contributions of more than one dozen national and international artists, scientists, and researchers, the exhibition investigates surveillance both virtual and physical across four key themes. These include a focus on the ways that businesses collect personal informationRead More

Ann Arbor Equitable Engagement Steering Committee

September 18, 2021 News

Last month I was chosen to serve as a volunteer on the City of Ann Arbor’s new Equitable Engagement Steering Committee. In sum, 30 local residents were selected to “help Ann Arbor become the inclusive and just community it desires to be.” Four goals guide our work, which include working to develop: A deeper understanding of what equity and equitable engagement means and could look like in Ann Arbor.   Policy recommendations  for Council consideration and adoption .  Staff guidelines based onRead More

A Conversation with Russ White of MSU Today

August 18, 2021 News

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Russ White of MSU Today. Russ is a great interviewer. He has a talent for putting his subjects at ease and in a conversational mood. Our conversation explored the recent merging of Science Gallery with the MSU Museum, my leadership of both, and the plans for revitalizing the museum in the coming years. A transcript, along with the audio from the interview, can be found at WKAR. Some excerpts from our conversation:Read More

The Inclusive Museum Leader

July 24, 2021 News

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to contribute a chapter to a new book, published by Rowman & Littlefied and the American Alliance of Museums, called The Inclusive Museum Leader. Edited by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, director of the Illinois State Museum, and Chris Taylor, chief inclusion officer at the Minnesota Historical Society, the book features over 25 diverse and accomplished leaders from across the museum field. Together, the authors “share their journeys to becoming inclusive leaders, as well as decisionsRead More

Homecoming: My appointment as Director of MSU Museum

July 4, 2021 News

Effective July 1, 2021, I am now serving as director of the Michigan State University Museum. In many ways, this is a homecoming. My first job in a museum was at this institution during my undergraduate studies. I’m thrilled to return and work with the staff and campus community as we envision a bold future for this vital institution. In addition, I’m still responsible for overseeing MSU’s Science Gallery. With this transition, Science Gallery has become a programmatic division ofRead More