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To Lucy Chang, who has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to focus on her research integrating aspects of ecology, biogeography, and paleobiology in marine systems.

To Theresa Greico, who received the Graduate Division Fellowship, which will help to support her fieldwork in Olduvai Gorge this summer with Leslea Hlusko.

To Emily Lindsey on receipt of a prestigious Fulbright grant, which will support her travel to Uruguay to work with colleagues at the National Museum of Natural History in Montevideo to develop a database of Pleistocene fossil mammals for the South American continent.

To Kaitlin Maguire on receiving a Louderback award, which recognizes graduate students for their research and service to the UCMP. George D. Louderback was a geology professor and Dean of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley in the early 1900s. Kaitlin will be using the award to study diet change in Miocene horses of Oregon using stable isotope analyses.

To Erin Meyer who just became Dr. Erin Meyer. Her dissertation was on "Integrating ecology, natural history, and regional management for conservation of tropical intertidal gastropod fisheries."

To Susan Tremblay, who recently received a student research award from The Evolving Earth Foundation for her project entitled, "Insights into liverwort character evolution from new discoveries in the fossil record."

To UCMP co-authors Tony Barnosky, Susumu Tomiya, Brian Swartz, Charles Marshall, Emily Lindsey, Kaitlin Maguire, and Elizabeth Ferrer with the news that their Nature paper "Has the Earth's sixth mass extinction already arrived?" came in at #3 on a list of the year's top news and discoveries from NSF-supported research, as measured by NSF web visitor statistics.

To two former UCMP students, Nick Pyenson and Ellen Strong, who were named recipients of Science Achievement Awards for 2011 by their fellow curators at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Ellen was recognized for her paper "More than a gut feeling: Utility of midgut anatomy in phylogeny of the Cerithioidea (Mollusca: Caenogastropoda)" published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, and Nick for his paper with David R. Lindberg on "What happened to gray whales during the Pleistocene? The ecological impact of sea-level change on benthic feeding areas in the North Pacific Ocean" published in PLOS One.

To UCMP with the news of a grant of ~$470,000 from the National Science Foundation — a two-year collections improvement grant to "Complete the rehabilitation of the orphaned USGS fossil invertebrate collection at UCMP."

To Understanding Evolution for its recognition as a key teaching resource in a recent NAS publication, Thinking Evolutionarily: Evolution Education Across the Life Sciences: Summary of a Convocation that was organized by a committee under the aegis of the Board on Life Sciences of the National Research Council (NRC) and the National Academy of Sciences and held on October 25-26, 2011.