Press Releases

Published: 08-30-2018
Theresa Baker It has been more than 50 years since scientists completed a comprehensive survey of Alaska’s plants. Now the University of Alaska Museum of the North will use a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create an innovative online database of Alaska’s plants. Curator Steffi Ickert-Bond credited the successful award to the museum’s curator...
Published: 08-29-2018
The openVertebrate (oVert) Thematic Collection Network (TCN)—funded by the US National Science Foundation—is seeking a postdoctoral scientist that will work with the oVert team to develop and fine-tune protocols for imaging using x-ray computed tomography (CT-scanning) and workflows for sharing digital anatomical datasets using on-line depositories. A portion of this position will be...
Published: 08-22-2018
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) recently received funding from NSF's INCLUDES program to host a conference examining diversity and inclusion within data science professions with an emphasis on the environmental sciences (Boulder, CO, April 2-4, 2019). Funding is provided to support travel and conference expenses for selected applicants. You can find additional information...
Published: 08-13-2018
By Cara L. Foster After twelve long months of preparations, the Caribbean Biodiversity Information Portal has finally been launched. Speaking at the official launching ceremony, which took place at The Savannah Hotel yesterday morning, Assistant Curator of the Natural History Department at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Kerron Hamblin, revealed that the project was a year...
Published: 06-20-2018
The National Science Foundation awarded Northern Arizona University and Utah State University a three-year, $700,000 collaborative grant to improve the usability and accessibility of Symbiota, an online platform that allows natural history collections to share data, including images, for millions of biological specimens. Currently, Symbiota includes data for more than 37 million specimens from...
Published: 06-15-2018
  Dr John La Salle, an affable and charismatic scientist who paved the way in digital innovations, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 27, aged 67. Throughout his scientific career, La Salle made a significant contribution to insect taxonomy and spent a decade as director of CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection in Canberra. In recent years, as director of the Atlas of Living...
Published: 06-12-2018
June 12, 2018 In September 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Integrative Activities funded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in science, engineering and medical departments and programs. The results of that study are now publicly available in a new report, Sexual Harassment of...
Published: 06-12-2018
GBIF is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader with international standing to fill the post of Executive Secretary and guide GBIF into the next phase of its development. The Executive Secretary leads a Copenhagen-based Secretariat with approximately 25 staff members and is responsible to the Governing Board for developing and implementing GBIF’s strategic plans, operating the infrastructure,...
Published: 06-05-2018
    Katherine Unger Baillie Penn State Today   Densely populated and developed, the region encompassing Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City is one dominated by the presence of humans. Often referred to as a megalopolis, the mid-Atlantic’s urban influence is felt on all life forms, plants included.   How can these effects be documented...
Published: 04-02-2018
Contributed by Ana Dal Molin, INCT-Hympar/CAPES postdoctoral fellow at Laboratório de Biodiversidade de Insetos, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo. All images from Ana Dal Molin iDigBio was present, even if remotely, at the first Meeting for the Integration of Zoological Collections (Encontro para Integração das Coleções Zoológicas) at...

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