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A letter from the Director, June 2015
Saluting our staff
The UCMP will receive two new collections-based grants this year to support digitization of our fossils under the NSF Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) program. Paleobotanist Diane Erwin is the lead UCMP contributor on a fossil insect PEN (Partners to Existing Networks) to make the UCMP amber collection more web-accessible through digitized images. A new four-year ADBC-TCN (-Thematic Collections Networks) grant awarded to the UCMP will allow us to digitize Cenozoic invertebrate fossils. The project will involve a wide swath of UCMP faculty, collections and education and outreach staffs, and seven west coast/one eastern museum partners. The title is Documenting Fossil Marine Invertebrate Communities of the Eastern Pacific: Faunal Responses to Environmental Change over the Last 66 Million Years. Please stay tuned for updates as these new grants get underway later this year!
Finally, as Director of the UCMP I've had an opportunity to work with all our outstanding museum staff and I want to thank two members from the education and outreach team who will be leaving us this summer to pursue the next chapters in their lives. Dave Smith, graphic designer, will be retiring after 37+ years of service at UC Berkeley, and Josh Frankel, webmaster and artist, will be pursuing opportunities as a freelancer. Their artistic and technical work on two of our popular award-winning websites, Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science, has directly contributed to the success of these sites. They will be missed, but we have not lost them completely, as they plan to continue making contributions to the museum in other ways. If you are a fan of Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science, or other UCMP education and outreach projects, please consider giving to our new UCMP Education and Outreach Fund to help ensure our educational efforts continue to reach beyond the university to as broad an audience as possible.
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