Natural Science Collections Alliance

Month: July 2017

Upcoming Deadline for Collections Grants

The National Science Foundation is accepting proposals for the Collections in Support of Biological Research Program through August 14, 2017. The Collections in Support of Biological Research Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, […]

iDigBio Now Has 100+ Million Specimens

iDigBio is now the largest virtual collection of natural history specimens in the world. The National Science Foundation-sponsored initiative surged past 100 million digitized records in July 2017. “What’s exciting about being at more than 100 million specimen records is you can ask larger questions over space, time and biodiversity. Big data sheds light not […]

University of Louisiana at Monroe Collections Find New Homes

Four universities in the southeastern U.S. have stepped forward to house natural history collections from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The university had previously threatened to destroy more than 80,000 jars of scientific specimens and 450,000 plant specimens if new homes could not be located. “[T]he specimens will remain available to researchers nationwide as […]

Legislation Introduced to Protect Cultural Objects

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) has reintroduced legislation to prohibit the export of cultural objects and human remains obtained in violation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The “Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act,” or “STOP Act,” would also increase the criminal penalties for violations of NAGPRA. “We all recognize the incredible […]

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