Letter from the Interim Director
by Bill Clemens
Bill Clemens; photo by Colleen Whitney
Summer provided a change in pace for the UCMP community. As you see from preceding pages, many of us continued our research projects in the field and elsewhere. Also, UCMP scientists took part in international professional meetings presenting the results of their museum-based research.
Our public outreach and education programs were also busy. In June, a graduation program marked the end of the first year for the Berkeley Natural History Museums’ GK-12 program, funded by the National Science Foundation. This project makes it possible for graduate students from UCMP and the other BNHM to teach about California biodiversity in local schools and to take students on field trips. At the graduation, the high school students presented reports on their class research projects to an appreciative audience of staff, faculty, and, most importantly, their parents.
In the web world, the release of the Understanding Evolution website was greeted by increased web activity
and rave reviews in Science, other journals, and letters from many teachers. In July, the website was highlighted at the annual meeting of the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE). UCMP is also involved in a new NSF pilot project with DLESE to create online “teaching boxes”—stay tuned to learn more about this interesting effort.
In June I agreed to continue as UCMP’s Interim Director until the end of December, when I plan to go to London for a couple of months to complete several research projects. I am pleased to announce that Judy Scotchmoor and Mark Goodwin have been appointed Interim Assistant Directors. Already they have taken on important administrative responsibilities, contributing greatly to the operation of the museum.
Again, I want to acknowledge the Friends of UCMP for your support. Your gifts to UCMP help support our diverse activities.

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September, 2004