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Cornell is one of a handful of academic institutions in the world with an extensive collection of glass invertebrates created by renowned 19th century glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka.

Drew Harvell, marine biologist and Cornell professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, leads the curation and restoration of this extraordinary collection.

In this reunion lecture at Mann Library in June 2010, Dr. Harvell describes the importance of the Blaschka's work to the 19th and early 20th century study of ocean biology through a slide show of the Blaschka's glass pieces and rarely seen watercolors, highlighting current efforts to restore the exquisite Blaschka sea life sculptures for permanent display at Mann Library and Corson Mudd Hall on the Cornell campus.