On Tuesday, 5 June 2012, the Natural Science Collections Alliance will sponsor a science briefing for congressional lawmakers in Washington, DC.  The briefing, which will take place in room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building from 2:00-3:00 p.m., will provide policymakers with information about how digitization of specimens and associated data are increasing access to natural science collections for research, education, and other societal benefits.

All interested individuals are welcome to attend this public event.

Program speakers:

  • Dr. Mary Liz Jameson, Associate Professor, Wichita State University
    “The Value of Biological Collections to Science, Education, and the Economy”
  • Dr. Larry Page, President, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Curator of Fishes, Florida Museum of Natural History
    “Digitization: Exponentially Increasing Access to Collections Data”
  • Dr. Michael A. Mares, Director, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma
    “Protecting and Using America’s Irreplaceable Resource Now and in the Future”

RSVP for the briefing at http://www.aibs.org/rsvp/digitization.html.