Press Releases

Published: 09-11-2015
  The American Museum of Natural History, Florida State University, George Mason University, STEPPE – Geological Society of America, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and the Yale Peabody Museum have joined to establish Enhancing Paleontological and Neontological Data Discovery (ePANDDA), a new application programming interface (API). ePANDDA will connect The Paleobiology...
Published: 09-11-2015
  Long stalks of Thysanophora penicillioides, a microfungus that grows on fallen hemlock needles.  Photo courtesy of: Kathie T. Hodge The Microfungi Collections Consortium TCN is continuing to receive support in its quest to digitize microscopic fungi collections.  NSF has granted $2.6 million to the project, a collaborative effort involving 38 institutions in 31 states....
Published: 09-11-2015
Bringing ‘dark data’ into the light: Best practices for digitizing herbarium collections New workflow modules will facilitate imaging and data transcription for thousands of plant specimens Imagine the scientific discoveries that would result from a searchable online database containing millions of plant, algae, and fungi specimen records. Thanks to a new set of workflow...
Published: 08-25-2015
  Samantha Winder, project coordinator, shows an algal specimen. Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan Herbarium. A third article was recently published by the University of Michigan in their series on the University of Michigan Herbarium's digitization efforts. This installment focused on the herbarium’s participation in the TCN the Macroalgal Herbarium Consortium:...
Published: 08-21-2015
  Alex Kuhn (of the University of Illinois) instructs Patty Kaishian (of Syracuse University) on how to enter label data from microfungi specimens. Their work is part of the Microfungi Collections Consortium, funded through the ADBC program. Credit: Andrew N. Miller, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois   NSF has announced the fifth round of awards through the...
Published: 08-11-2015
  "The localities and dates of collection associated with these vouchered specimens provide the only large-scale, verifiable data available on native distributions of organisms and how those distributions have changed over time." iDigBio PIs Lawrence M. Page, Bruce J. MAcFadden, Jose A, Fortes, Pamela S. Soltis, and Greg Riccardi coauthored a recently published article...
Published: 08-06-2015
Notice of Funding Opportunity: National Conservation Assessment Program June 29, 2015     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IMLS Press Contact 202-653-4799 Giuliana Bullard, gbullard@imls.gov Notice of Funding Opportunity: National Conservation Assessment Program IMLS Seeks a Cooperator for National Program Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (...
Published: 08-04-2015
  Laura Maihofer, electronic imaging technician, imaging the specimen note cards of Edwin B. Mains, who was a prominent mycologist at U-M who served as director of the Herbarium, president of the Mycological Society of America, and described many new fungi among other achievements. Image credit: Matthew Foltz. University of Michigan’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department...
Published: 07-17-2015
  Timothy Beardsley recently published a note in BioScience entitled “Notes on Changing Practices in Data Publication” that summarized discussions from an AIBS workshop held last December. The workshop began with a talk from Michael Stebbins, assistant director for biotechnology at the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), who urged scientists to make...
Published: 06-25-2015
  Photo by Rob Hoffman   Press release from Delta High School at Cabrillo College: Aptos, CA June 23, 2015 - Sage McGraw, a 12th grader at Delta High School, presented to a group of 60 scientists and K-21 educators at the University of Florida on June 15, 2015. The group gathered to attend a workshop titled "3D Digitization of Fossils for Educators & Citizen Scientists...

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