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Archive for April, 2009

10 Apr 2009

NIH Announces Funding Opportunities from the Economic Stimulus

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 included $10.4 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Several funding opportunities from NIH from the economic stimulus are now posted on www.grants.gov. Funding is available for current NIH grant holders to expand the scope of their research proposal. Programs such as the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups may be eligible. Additionally, funding is also available for high-end instrumentation costing over $600,000 and for administrative supplements for active NIH research grants. To see a full list of stimulus grants, go to http://www07.grants.gov/applicants/recovery.jsp.

10 Apr 2009

Egg Collected by Darwin Rediscovered in Cambridge University Collections

A volunteer at the Museum of Zoology at Cambridge University in Great Britain has rediscovered an egg collected by Charles Darwin during his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. It is the only egg known to be collected by Darwin during that voyage. The mocha colored egg has Darwin’s name written on it. The museum’s collection manager emphasized the special nature of the discovery, given that this year is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. The discovery of the egg highlights the how much information is yet to be uncovered in natural history collections. To see the egg, go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7992911.stm.

10 Apr 2009

NSC Alliance Partner Calls for Collections to Get Involved in the Year of Science

CollectionsWeb and the Coalition on Public Understanding of Science are promoting the involvement of science collections in the Year of Science 2009.  Initiatives to engage the public, such as science cafes, citizen science involvement, and science magazines or brochures generated by collections, are an effective way to communicate science and increase its value to society.  Collaboration with other groups that promote communicating science with the public is also encouraged.  Find local partners or register your institution at http://copusproject.org/regional_hubs.php.  Go to http://www.collectionsweb.org/get_involved/getinvolved_yearofscience.htm for more information on how to participate in the Year of Science 2009.