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Tidbits & Calendar, May 2014

Calendar of
upcoming events

Mon-Fri, July 28-August 1, 2014
Think evolution VI: A summer institute for science educators — Five fun-filled days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators at the University of California.

Mon-Fri, August 4-8, 2014
Understanding Global Change — A workshop for teachers on global change science and how to integrate learning materials on global change into the classroom.

To Tony Barnosky on his newly-released book, Dodging Extinction, Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth, published by UC Press.

To Emily L. Lindsey (Barnosky Lab) on completing her Ph.D. in December 2013. Now a Lecturer in the Department of Integrative Biology, Emily's dissertation title is Taphonomy and paleoecology of asphaltic Pleistocene vertebrates deposits of the western Neotropics. Emily joins an outstanding class of graduates in the 2013-14 academic year (see January 2014 UCMP News for the whereabouts of Jean Alupay, Theresa Grieco, Kaitlin Maguire, and Joey Pakes).

To new UCMP Research Associate, Joey Pakes, Lecturer in Integrative Biology.

Other news
Jeff Benca (Looy Lab) created a three-dimensional, full-color image of a lycopod that graced the cover of the March 2014 issue of the American Journal of Botany. In the journal, Jeff is lead author on an article highlighting the application of morphometrics to plant systematics. Read more about it.

Dori Contreras (Looy Lab) received three external grants this year to support her research and fieldwork in Mesozoic conifer evolution (Evolving Earth, Geological Society of America Student Research Grant, and Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid of Research).

Dori Contreras and Lucy Chang both received Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards during the fall 2013 semester.

Ken Finger published a monograph on Foraminifera from the south-central coast of Chile in Micropaleontology (Volume 59, numbers 5-5, December 2013). A decade in the making, Ken gave an oral presentation about his findings at the Forams 2014 symposium at the University of Concepcion Chile in January 2014.

Tesla Monson (Hlusko Lab) was an invited speaker at the 2014 American Association of Physical Anthropology conference in Calgary, Canada, presenting on Primate Specimens from South Africa in the UCMP Collections. Three undergraduate co-authors from the Hlusko Lab joined her: Marianne Brasil, Sandy Gutierrez and Kevin Roth. In her spare time, Tesla hosts a radio show on KALX Berkeley called The Graduates where she interviews UCB graduate students about their research.

Lisa White was elected to the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) Ocean Studies Board (OSB). A part of the NRC Division on Earth and Life Studies, the OSB advises the federal government and the nation on issues of ocean science and policy.

PaleoBios is now online
We are pleased to announce both the online publication of volume 30:3 and the successful migration of UCMP's PaleoBios to a fully open access peer-reviewed journal. All journal management, from submission to online publication, is handled via a web portal powered by the California Digital Library where all material published or disseminated by eScholarship is available worldwide, free of cost, to researchers and the general public.

Understanding Global Change project update
Progress on the new UCMP web resource, Understanding Global Change, has been steady and two advisory boards composed of scientists, educators, and media experts convened in April to consult on the project. The website, set to launch in early 2015, is designed to provide content, teaching resources, and strategies for K-16 educators to effectively incorporate global change science into their existing curricula. Global change is defined broadly to include the varied ways in which the Earth's natural systems change over time.

Users will be able to browse the science behind global change, global change in deep time and modern times, and explore processes and examples of change, particularly the biological impacts. This summer the Understanding Global Change project team will preview the site with teachers enrolled in the Understanding Global Change summer institute (see the calendar of events). We look forward to teacher feedback and further development of the site. Stay tuned!

Lisa White and members of the Understanding Global Change Teacher Advisory Board
Lisa White (far left) and members of the Understanding Global Change Teacher Advisory Board on April 28, 2014. Photo courtesy of Lisa White.