University of California Museum of Paleontology
Located on the first floor of our Valley Life Sciences Building, the UCMP has one of the five largest fossil vertebrate collections in the United States, and the largest university-affiliated paleontological collection in the world. The Museum supports our graduate students in many ways, including making specimens available for research and study; providing facilities for fossil and histological preparation, molecular evolution studies, and scanning electron microscopy; supporting field work, research expenses, and travel to scientific meetings; and many opportunities to learn about curation, field work and collection, data management, specimen preparation, and other skills. Most of our students will spend at least one semester supported by the UCMP by working in collections. Many students also work in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology or the Jepson and University Herbaria.
Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Students in our lab are accepted through the Department of Integrative Biology. IB has a large faculty encompassing most research fields within organismal biology. Our students have many opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration with other graduate students and faculty members. The department is also affiliated with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Jepson and University Herbaria, which allows for further collaboration as well as access to collections. Students are guaranteed ten semesters of funding through IB (additional funding beyond the fifth year is possible), although they are also encouraged to apply for NSF and other fellowships. Students are required to spend at least two semesters teaching. Students from our lab have taught many IB courses including Evolution, Phylogenetics, Introductory Biology, Human Anatomy, Vertebrate Evolution, and Natural History of the Vertebrates.
The National Center for Science Education
The NCSE is a nonprofit, tax-exempt membership organization working to defend the teaching of evolution against sectarian religious attacks. NCSE is also a nationally-recognized clearinghouse for information and advice to keep evolution in the science classroom and "scientific creationism" out. While there are organizations that oppose "scientific creationism" as part of their general goals (such as good science education, or separation of church and state), NCSE is the only national organization that specializes in this issue. When teachers, parents, school boards, the press and others need information and help, they turn to NCSE. Kevin Padian is very proud to be a supporter, a board member, and the President of NCSE, and hopes that you will join our efforts on behalf of responsible science education in schools and for the general public.
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
Official Padian Lab Baseball Team: The Oakland A's
Official Padian Lab Music: Marty Stuart
Official Padian Lab Poet Laureate: Linda Eng