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Archive for August, 2009

18 Aug 2009

New Exhibit Goes Behind the Scenes at Harvard Natural History Museum

A new exhibit in the gallery at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC, explores the stories and collections filling the back rooms of the Harvard Natural History Museum.  The exhibit, “The Rarest of the Rare,” is a collection of photographs from renowned photographer and art curator Mark Sloan. The exhibit features photos of some of the 21 million specimens and other features contained in backrooms of the museum, including an elephant bird egg, the extinct gastric brooding frog, and Stephen J. Gould’s office.

The exhibit is open weekdays to the public and runs from now through January 7, 2010.  For more information, visit the National Academies website at

05 Aug 2009

NY Times Columnist Muses about DNA and Natural Science Collections

In a blog post on August 4, 2009, New York Times columnist Olivia Johnson writes about a recent visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.  Johnson, an evolutionary biologist at Imperial College London, finds that the visit inspires her to think about genetic research utilizing specimens in natural collections.  “It is the DNA molecule that has made museums strangely — wonderfully — relevant to biology in the 21st century,” writes Johnson.

To read the article, go to

03 Aug 2009

Deadline for Registration Extended for Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Week

Do not miss the chance to meet with your members of Congress this August.  The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering scientists and research facilities around the nation the opportunity to convey the importance of biological research to their elected officials in their home state.  With Event Sponsors NSC Alliance, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sevilleta Field Station, and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry-North America, AIBS will help prepare scientists and research facilities to schedule and meet with their members of Congress.  Participating scientists will either set-up meetings with their elected officials at their district office or may invite them to visit a research facility, science collection, or classroom to experience first-hand how science is done and taught.

The Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Week will be held August 17-21, 2009.  Participants will be prepared for their congressional meetings by an interactive online training session that will help them create and refine their message.  The AIBS Public Policy Office will also provide participating scientists with tips and guidance for scheduling meetings.

Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited.  The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday, August 7, 2009.  For more information and to register, please visit