Letter from the Interim Director
by Bill Clemens
Bill Clemens; photo by Colleen Whitney
December 31st marked the end of my term as Interim Director. Looking back, the past year was marked by many accomplishments of the UCMP group. The list of publications by the staff, curators, and students documents their contributions to research, but there is more! Not listed are a number of commentaries that appeared in international scientific journals and newspapers highlighting various aspects of the research being carried on at UCMP. More and more people are discovering the Understanding Evolution web site and other outreach activities of the museum. Last spring the number of requests for pages on our websites reached a high of over four million requests per month! Reorganization of the administrative structure of UCMP has been successfully completed. Together we have accomplished at lot.
Looking ahead into the New Year, our colleague Roy Caldwell has agreed to serve as Interim Director and will be ably assisted by Interim Assistant Directors Judy Scotchmoor and Mark Goodwin. An international search for a paleobiologist to join the faculty of the Department of Integrative Biology and serve as the Director of UCMP is underway. March and April will be exciting times as applicants will be interviewing at Berkeley and presenting talks on their research.
The past year has been a busy time for me and one that has been made most rewarding by all that has been accomplished. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the support from the Friends of UCMP. Thank you!

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