iDigBio would like to wish Michael Elliott a big congratulations for winning the 1st Place Student Prize at TDWG for his talk titled: "Using ChatGPT with Confidence for Biodiversity-Related Information Tasks"! Michael is a PhD student in the ACIS lab under the supervision of Dr. José A. B. Fortes at the University of Florida. Michael’s talk focused on how users can mine ChatGPT for information that is not yet found in data aggregators like iDigBio and do so with high confidence in the correctness of that information.
Congratulations again, Michael Elliott!
The fifth annual iDigTRiO Biological Sciences Conference and Career Fair took place at the University of Florida (UF) and virtual activities from February 14-19, 2023. The iDigTRiO conference is aimed at collegiate and pre-collegiate students associated with TRIO programs around the United States but is open to all undergraduate and high school students as well as student-associated professionals.
Numerous US Collection Partners (see list of organizers below) are organizing a series of webinars and workshops focused on Envisioning a Biological Collections Action Center as proposed in the recent NASEM report and authorized by the CHIPS and Science Act.
Since we are virtual again this year we created a way to digitize some of that organic mentoring magic that happens at every conference through the virtual Digital Data Mentorship Program.
Three ways to introduce your biodiversity collections to the world during April’s WeDigBio event (Thursday–Sunday, April 7–10, 2022) and the broader Citizen Science Month!
Let us know your plans by Wednesday, March 23, so that your activities can appear on the calendar and we have enough time to get the WeDigBio stickers and tattoos to you for your participants.
Joshua Benjamin explains to participants what they are seeing when looking in the microscope at the Subalusky's Lab table during the Resource Fair.
Synopsis of Program:
Happy 2022 to all collections’ community colleagues. iDigBio is excited about the biodiversity community’s collective successes in 2021 and is looking forward to an adventurous upcoming year with many new activities on its workplan.
Contributed by Molly Phillips
The end of 2021 is now on the horizon but, if you are like me, your schedule is as busy as ever! I have been thinking about how nice it would be to roll into a ball and block out the world for a little while, which made me think of the marvelous pillbug.
Ghost Jelly (Cyanea nozakii)
Contributed by Lauren Bradley (University of Florida Student and 2021 iDigBio Summer Intern)
Welcome to all of the newly NSF-funded TCN and PEN projects. This year we have two new Thematic Collections Networks (TCNs) and four Partners to Existing Networks (PENs) joining the community.
Dead Leaf Butterfly! (Kallima inachus)
Contributed by: Lauren Bradley
Autumn is right around the corner, and what a beautiful season it is! Here in Florida, we see the occasional red or yellow leaf during the autumn months, but really, all we can hope for is some cooler weather, and even that isn’t guaranteed. The Kallima inachus seems to agree with us humans in admiring the beauty of autumn, as they have evolved to imitate dead leaves! (Thus giving them their common name, the dead leaf butterfly).
Digitized paleontological collections recontextualize the ecology of introduced turkeys in California
Contributed by: Ashwin Sivakumar & Alexis Mychajliw
Contributed by: Molly Phillips
Assessment of the pinned specimen digitization progress of the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection
Ashley L. Smith, Derek S. Sikes, Taylor L. Kane, Adam Haberski, Jayce B. Williamson, Renee K. Nowicki, Michael J. Apperson
University of Alaska Museum, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
This article was originally published in the Alaska Entomological Society Newsletter AKES_newsletter_2021_n1_a01.pdf (akentsoc.org)