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Out of the Darkness - Bringing Biological Collections into the 21st Century

Mon, 2014-07-14 09:49 -- suking
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 in museum collections across the country. He estimates there could be 1 billion nationally, representing the collected knowledge of biological diversity for vast swaths of the planet.

iDigBio Grad Student, Claudia Segovia, Awarded 2014 Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship

Wed, 2014-07-02 16:45 -- suking
 
Claudia Segovia, a Graduate Student working with Dr. Pam Soltis on the iDigBio project, has been awarded the 2014 Association for Academic Women “Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship,” which honors an outstanding female graduate student. Claudia works in the Molecular Systematic and Evolutionary Genetics Lab at UF's Florida Museum of Natural History. 
 
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Careers and Graduate Study in the Biological Sciences: A Workshop for Undergraduate Students

Tue, 2014-06-17 15:43 -- gnelson

To be held at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, September 6, 2014.

Space for this workshop  is limited and first-come, first-served. To register and ensure your spot, complete the online registration form at your earliest convenience.

CoGe: Collaborative Georeferencing Demo Webinar

Thu, 2014-05-29 15:03 -- dpaul

by Deborah Paul for Nelson E. Rios

If you need to georeference hundreds of thousands of localities for millions of specimens, how will you get it done? On May 1st, 2014, 88 people logged in to find out more about how to use CoGe, or Collaborative Georeferencing using a suite of tools developed at Tulane Biodiversity Institute.

University of Texas Proves an Excellent Venue for Paleo Imaging Workshop

Fri, 2014-05-02 13:11 -- gnelson

There may be no place better than the University of Texas to conduct a broad-based paleo imaging workshop. This certainly seemed the consensus the week of 29 April at the co-sponsored iDigBio and Jackson School of Geosciences imaging event.

Students Shadow Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Sun, 2014-04-20 19:10 -- gnelson

Fifteen undergraduate students from seven Florida colleges and universities converged on the Florida Museum of Natural History April 17-19 for an all-expense-paid opportunity to shadow museum professionals and explore careers in the biological sciences.

Women in Science and Engineering Science Spring Camp

Fri, 2014-04-11 11:50 -- suking

Studies show that as girls transfer from middle to high school, they can perceive science as ‘uncool’ and subsequently loose interest in scientific careers. iDigBio postdoctoral associate Dr. Charlotte Germain-Aubrey, external vice-president of the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at the University of Florida, created the WiSE Girlz Spring Science Camp to contradict this notion.

Digitizing Source Materials Workshop: A Step Toward Best Practices

Wed, 2014-03-12 14:20 -- gnelson

The source materials associated with biodiversity collections often contain the most complete and sometimes most accurate descriptions of localities, collecting events, and even the collection objects themselves of any extant documentation.

Weekend Digitization Blitz Yields 4,276 Specimen Images for Archbold Biological Station

Wed, 2014-01-29 15:48 -- gnelson

iDigBio, Archbold Biological Station, Tall Timbers Research Station (TTRS), and the Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State University (FSU) teamed up the weekend of January 18th and part of the following week to image Archbold’s entire herbarium collection. Gil Nelson and Joanna McCaffrey hauled a carload of contributed technology, including camera stations and equipment provided by TTRS and FSU as well as iDigBio’s new OR Technologies light box to the south-central Florida field station for the event.

Education & Outreach Workshop

Wed, 2014-01-29 12:28 -- ellwood

The Education and Outreach Workshop, held in Gainesville, FL from January 15-17, 2014, brought together representatives from each TCN to broaden our knowledge of E&O opportunities, resources, and strategies. Education and outreach are critical components of iDigBio TCNs. These activities are as wide-ranging and diverse as the TCNs themselves, and have likewise engaged a variety of students.

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