Press Releases

Published: 01-29-2015
  The Society of Herbarium Curators recently posted the following announcement about a student research grant:   Two $500 research grants will be awarded to students whose research contributes to or uses herbarium resources in ways that augment the collections. Research on any taxa typically accessioned in herbaria including all plant, fungal, lichen, and algal lineages is...
Published: 01-28-2015
    Potential entrants to the Beyond the Box competition have been asking questions regarding rules and other specifics to the competition.  The Beyond the Box team have responded by creating a FAQ section on the website and sending out the following update: Read the responses to questions posted on the frequently asked questions section of the competition website. Find out...
Published: 12-16-2014
  Photo credit: Reed Beaman, NSF, BIO   The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) launched the Beyond the Box National Digitization Innovation Competition on December 5, 2014. Through this competition, one million dollars will be awarded to the individual or team that “develops a novel way to accurately and efficiently...
Published: 12-09-2014
  Photo provided by Central Michigan University / Steve Jessmore The Central Michigan University (CMU) Herbarium at Central Michigan University was recognized by the CMU Media Channel for their participation in the Great Lakes Invasives TCN. The CMU Herbarium is part of a NSF funded collaboration of 25 institutions nationwide helping to build an online database of more than 1.7 million...
Published: 12-01-2014
  Imaging Blitz participants photograph specimens. FSU's Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium is pleased to announce a crowdfunding campaign running from December 1–15 to raise $2000 to provision six 1-day citizen science events in 2015.  The goal is to bring 100+ people from the Tallahassee region onto campus to learn about local biodiversity and the role of biodiversity...
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...

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