Press Releases

Published: 11-25-2014
    On November 24, 2014, the VertNet project announced that the HerpNET2 and ORNIS2 portals will be taken offline and replaced with the VertNet portal on January 5, 2015. Here is a passage from VertNet’s announcement:   “If you have been a user of the HerpNET (www.herpnet2.org) and ORNIS (http://ornis2.ornisnet.org/) portals over the years, we encourage you...
Published: 11-24-2014
  Jim Smith and Alexa DiNicola sort dried plant specimens from the collection. Photo courtesy of Boise State University Photo Services. Boise State University’s campus news Web site Update highlighted the Snake River Plains (SRP) Herbarium’s collaboration with the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria to digitize their collection. The Snake River Plains (SRP) Herbarium...
Published: 11-20-2014
The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference recently honored Gil Nelson with the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence for 2014. Nelson was selected for this award because of his “numerous important contributions in a surprisingly wide range of arenas related to the cause of native plants in the Southeast." The award is named in honor of Tom Dodd Jr., a nationally recognized Alabama...
Published: 11-10-2014
  Andréa Matsunaga, Austin Mast, and José Fortes recently published an article in the proceedings of the 10th IEEE International conference on e-Science. The article, Reaching Consensus in Crowdsourced Transcription of Biocollections Information, shows methods for reaching consensus from crowdsourcing output for transcribing collections labels. The amount of information...
Published: 10-30-2014
  Dixie Damrel, Clemson University Herbarium curator, displays some of the 100,000-plus dried plant specimens in the collection. Image Credit: P. Kent/Clemson University. The Times and Democrat released an article Sunday (October 26, 2014), that highlights the Clemson University Herbarium’s involvement in an NSF funded, four year project to digitize herbarium specimens. The...
Published: 10-08-2014
  Dorsal views of the three new species. F. dietrichi on right Entomology Today featured a piece on the discovery of three new leafhoppers (Futasujinus) from China. The new species were identified when researchers examined museum collection specimens from China, the UK, and the US. One of the new species, Futasujinus dietrichi, was named for Dr. Chris Dietrich, a University of...
Published: 10-08-2014
  “Newberry College is honored to participate in a project that will make botanical research more accessible to the global scientific community” -Newberry College president, Dr. Maurice Scherrens.   Newberry College News issued a press release October 7, 2014, about one of their faculty members being part of one of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF)...
Published: 10-07-2014
  Dr. Travis D. Marsico, by Andrew Ferguson/A-State Marketing and Communications. Arkansas State University News recently highlighted Dr. Travis D. Marsico an Arkansas State University associate professor, curator for the Arkansas State University Herbarium (STAR), and collaborator in one of the most recently NSF funded Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs). Dr. Marsico is the Education...
Published: 10-03-2014
NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences’ (BIO) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) Solicitation was recently published for 2015. The fellowships will be awarded to 40 recent recipients of their doctoral degree for research and training in three selected areas. The three selected areas for fiscal year 2015 are: Broadening Participation of Groups Under-...
Published: 09-29-2014
  “A deeper understanding of life on Earth in the past can help us predict and possibly mitigate the worst impacts of climate change in the future.”- Barbara M. Theirs   The Huffington Post recently featured an article by Barbara M. Thiers, Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium at The New York Botanical Gardens. The article highlights the importance of...

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