Since its launch in 2004, the audience of the Understanding Evolution website has continued to grow, and the site is evolving in response to the needs of that audience. The site now averages more than a million page accesses per month during the academic year, but additionally there is a large international audience that is visiting UE "sister sites." Through partnerships with educational organizations abroad, the UE site is now available in Spanish and Turkish and most recently has been translated into Tibetan to be distributed to Buddhist monks as part of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.
Jim Wynn, the Project Coordinator of the initiative, shared the following email with us:
"Emory University just completed a two-day International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism attended by over 400 delegates which coincided with a three-day visit to Emory of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. While His Holiness was there, the President of Emory University officially presented him with three science textbooks that had been prepared for use with the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative — teaching science to Tibetan monastics in Dharamsala, India. The goal of the multi-year project is to develop a science program that can be used in the Tibetan monasteries and nunneries throughout India. One of the books presented was a printed and translated version of the Berkeley developed Evolution 101 website. Each page is printed in English and followed immediately by the same page translated into Tibetan."
We are anxiously awaiting receipt of a copy of the book and will be working with our partners at Emory to facilitate the development of an on-line version in the near future. Translations have also been initiated into Portuguese and French.
Yesterday was the first ever National Fossil Day and UCMP pulled out all the stops!
Come check out the new online exhibit, Fossils in our parklands: Examples of UCMP service and stewardship, featuring fossils in UCMP's collection from national and state parks in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Montana. The museum played a pivotal role in the creation of some of the featured parks and we're happy to highlight our shared histories.
Additionally, the 2011 UCMP Fossil Treasures Calendar is now available for purchase! Click here to take a peek at the stunning photos included in the calendar and to find out how to purchase it online. If you're in the area, you can drop by in person for a discounted price. Remember, proceeds help fund graduate student research in the field of paleontology.
Finally, have a look behind the scenes at our in-house celebration...
(Event photos courtesy of Nathalie Nagalingum.)
On October 13, come celebrate the first ever National Fossil Day with UCMP!
National Fossil Day is a nation-wide event organized by the National Park Service in partnership with American Geological Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. It falls during Earth Science Week and we here at Cal have been busily preparing for the festivities!
To highlight the museum’s history of contribution to the world of fossils, we will be launching a special online exhibit: Fossils in our parklands: Examples of UCMP service and stewardship. The website will highlight fossil contributions from national and state parks to the UCMP collections and tell the story of UCMP’s pivotal role in the formation and preservation of some of these parks.
Also, October 13 will mark the release of the 2011 UCMP Fossil Treasures Calendar. Each month will feature a unique specimen from our collections, compiled by our resident scientists and complete with photographs and first-hand accounts. Proceeds will benefit the museum and, in particular, support the future of paleontological research through graduate student funding.
To learn more about National Fossil Day, including a list of participating events at locations across the country, visit the official website.