Press Releases

Published: 07-23-2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The variety and abundance of plants, animals and insects in a given area define its environmental health. Each plays a critical part, and imbalances can lead to catastrophe — not only for the species but also for humans. That delicate mix is what is known as biodiversity, and the University of Florida is launching an initiative to study and protect it....
Published: 07-14-2014
Larry Page would like to get back to his fishes, the catfish and loaches he studies as a University of Florida ichthyologist, but first he and his colleagues have some work to do on plant, animal and fossil specimens — millions of them.   Page and an army of helpers are on year three of iDigBio, a 10-year, $12 million effort to digitize the biological specimens tucked away...
Published: 03-21-2014
In a memorandum released today, OSTP Director John P. Holdren directs Federal agencies to develop policies that will improve the management of and access to scientific collections that they own or support.   Scientific collections are assemblies of physical objects that are valuable for research and education—including drilling cores from the ocean floor and glaciers, seeds...
Published: 02-12-2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With the goal of promoting life-long learning, University of Florida researchers will use a four-year, $1.97 million National Science Foundation grant to create a nationwide network of amateur and professional paleontologists. Fossil clubs across the country function independently and do not communicate with each other or professionals as most science-hobbyist groups do...
Published: 01-07-2014
Canada's Museum of Nature is part of an international movement to put archives online for researchers. CLICK HERE to read full article on CBC News site. By Max Paris Environment Unit, CBC News Posted: Jan 05, 2014 9:00 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 05, 2014 12:21 PM ET
Published: 09-25-2013
Harnessing the Power of Big Data in Biological Research AIBS Washington Watch, September 2013 Eve S. McCulloch From the dawn of civilization to 2003, humankind generated five exabytes [5 billion gigabytes] of data. Now we produce five exabytes every two days ... and the pace is accelerating.  —Eric Schmidt, executive chairman at Google, quoted in R. Smolan and J. Erwitt, eds...
Published: 07-25-2013
Press Release 13-135  NSF Awards Third Round of Grants to Advance Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Funding will shed light on "dark data," and integrate organismal, vocal, fossil, and ecological information Rapid Image Processing with Voice Recognition aids steps in specimen processing. Credit and Larger Version...
Published: 06-26-2013
  CONTACTS Name Email Phone Maureen  Kearney biodigit@nsf.gov (703) 292-7187  H. Richard  Lane biodigit@nsf.gov 703-292-4730  Anne  M. Maglia biodigit@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470  Lisa  E....
Published: 06-13-2013
Senate Committee Passes Education Legislation, Make Sure Congress Considers Museums This afternoon, the Senate committee with jurisdiction over education policy passed legislation overhauling the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The proposal would allow states more flexibility in setting...
Published: 04-16-2013
  The National Science Foundation has recently published its Collections in Support of Biological Research(CSBR) Solicitation. The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure, improve, and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained,...

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