Web notes and calendar

web spider graphic The Miocene Mammal Mapping Project, MIOMAP, was featured in NetWatch Science 309, 22 July 2005. This database project is coordinated by Tony Barnosky and focuses on published occurrences of mammals of late Oligocene (Arikareean) through Miocene (Hemphillian) age in the western United States. Marc Carrasco was invited to represent MIOMAP at "Critical Transitions In the History of Life," a workshop for U.S. and Chinese scientists that was held in Washington, DC, November 6–7.
Dave Lindberg, Roy Caldwell, and Judy Scotchmoor were invited to share the Understanding Evolution website at the National Science Foundation. More than 30 program officers gathered to learn about the site and its success.
Serving dinosaur for the holidays? Bring a bit of paleo to the culinary experience with these turkey tips by Matt Wedel.

Visit evolution.berkeley.edu
The Understanding Evolution website continues to grow, both in use and content! Our user statistics for successful page requests for the month of November 2005 reached 1,545,067, and the comments to the UE webmaster indicate an international and highly satisfied audience. If you have not visited the site recently, you will now find some new features that will be of interest to you:
Evo in the News! changes on a monthly basis and makes connections between hot topics in science research and the concepts of evolution upon which the research is based. Highlighted topics thus far include: evolution and the avian flu, genetic modification and herbicide resistance, and antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Fun stuff that includes a recent article on mantis shrimp, the exoskeleton


Upcoming events

Sat, February 4, 2006
California on Shaky Ground—The UCMP short course moves to February with a series of talks to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Geologists and seismologists examine the Bay Area's seismic history, advances in earthquake science, the threat of tsunamis, and what's being done to better understand how earthquakes work.

Sun, February 5, 2006
California on Shaky Ground, Part II—A special workshop for teachers that includes a series of practical, standards-based, hands-on activities appropriate for grades six and higher. There will also be time for conversation, information-sharing, and lots of freebies.

Sat, April 22, 2006
The Annual UCMP Open House held in conjunction with Cal Day.

Saturday, February 4, 2006
California on Shaky Ground—The UCMP short course moves to February with a look at the seismology that has shaped our state and the upcoming events to commemorate the 1906 Centennial.

Watch for more on UCMP's Cal Day activities.

Return to the Front page
January, 2006

as part of its evolutionary heritage, and the behaviors that mantis shrimp have evolved to cope with the constraints of molting.
In January you will be able to sign up for a subscription service to the Understanding Evolution website through which you will receive an automated monthly e-mail to tell you what is new on the website.