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Archive for December, 2009

31 Dec 2009

Publication Sheds Light on Collections Response to Economic Downturn, Recommends Actions for Policymakers, Collections

In 2008, the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) conducted an online survey to assess how scientific collections were responding to worsening economic conditions.  The complete findings of this survey have now been published in the online publication, CLS Journal of Museum Studies.  The publication includes the survey results and some possible actions for scientific collections and policymakers.

Click here to read the complete report.

30 Dec 2009

New Plant Species Discovered in Botanic Gardens

A recent article in the UK newspaper, The Guardian, highlights the importance of botanic garden plant collections to science  and conservation.  The report describes how a botanist at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in West London discovered a new plant species during a lunchtime stroll through the Princess of Wales Conservatory.  The new plant, now named Isoglossa variegata, was donated to Kew by Swedish botanists following an expedition to the Eastern Arc mountains of Tanzania in the 1990s.  Kew gardeners had been using the plants as tropical bedding for over a decade, unaware that this was an undescribed species. The plant is among more than 250 new species discovered by the gardens’ botanists in the past year.

To read the article, please go to

09 Dec 2009

Upcoming Webcast on Stimulus Reporting Requirements

On December 10, 2009, the U.S. Chief Financial Officers Council, a division of the federal government, will host a webcast for stakeholders regarding reporting requirements for grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The live webcast will be held from 2-3:30 pm. The event will provide a general overview of Recovery Act reporting as well as information to help grantees report accurately. There will also be time for questions and answers. To learn more or to view the webcast, please visit