Last Wednesday (December 17, 2014) we celebrated our first Holiday Party at the Alameda collections space. Plenty of people, food, drinks, and cheerful times. Liz Makings skillfully accompanied the Christmas carols on the keyboard. Photos are posted here.
Tom Dowling, Scott McAdams, Rebecca Dornburg, Charlotte Johnston.
And, with permission (“Sure – this could be my big break.”), we reproduce here Walter Fertig’s genial adaptation of:
On the First day of Christmas, the herbarium gave to me, a Perdix in a Pyrus tree*
On the Second day of Christmas, the herbarium gave to me
two Croton setigerus and a Perdix in a Pyrus tree
Postdoctoral researcher Guanyang Zhang attended the 5th Quadrennial Meeting of the Heteropterists’ Society. The meeting took place at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from July 21 to 25, 2014. Meeting program can be found here. The meeting was attended by more than 100 participants from several continents. There were about 50 talks and more than 20 posters. Topics centered around taxonomy and phylogenetics, but also included behavior, evolution and ecology. Click this link to see some meeting pictures and tweets: IHS meeting pictures and tweets.
Undergraduate research student Usmaan Basharat has won an Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution 2014 travel award from NESCent (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, North Carolina). This award will cover the entire expenses for traveling to and attending the Evolution 2014 meeting, the largest annual meeting in the field of evolutionary biology, systematics and natural history, jointly held by the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). Usmaan will be presenting a poster on his research on the biogeography of West Indian entimine weevils.
Congratulations to Usmaan!
Lead members of the Exploring Taxon Concepts (ETC) and Euler projects held a joint workshop at the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona on February 19-20, 2014. On the meeting agenda were mutual updates, project coordination, and the formulation of detailed user scenarios for ETC tools; including: taxon-character matrix generation, matrix review, multi-entry interactive identification key generation, taxon concept similarity comparison, taxonomic revision support, and ETC/Euler interfaces and workflow integration.
Shown on the group photo, from left to right: (sitting) Lorena Endara, Hong Cui (ETC PI), Heather Cole, and Elvis Yu; (standing) Nico Franz, Bertram Ludäscher (Euler PI), James Macklin, Joel Sachs, Robert Morris, Thomas Rodenhausen, and Shizhuo Yu.
Members of the Franz Lab will attend a Phenotype RCN Meeting at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere2 this weekend (February 21-22, 2014). This year’s agenda will focus on environment ontologies. Read more
Four members of the Franz Systematics Lab went to the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America: Salvatore Anzaldo, Andrew Jansen, Andrew Johnston, & Guanyang Zhang. Except for Andrew Johnston, we all presented talks on our research. Sal and I presented in the 10 minute paper competition, while Guanyang presented during a member symposium and as the Featured Young Professional during the SysEB Member Symposium (WAY TO GO!!!). Nico Franz also submitted a poster showcasing the Symbiota project WoNA (Weevils of North America). We attended many interesting and intellectually stimulating presentations during the conference, and made sure to spend time networking and socializing with our peers and fellow researchers during the meetings of the Entomological Collections Network (ECN), and the Coleopterists Society. All in all, it was a blast! Afterwards, we spent 4 days on the road collecting insects. Andrew Johnston sought Eleodes, a genus of Tenebrionidae, while I chased after my weevils in the genus Minyomerus. We met with considerable success in the field, and even managed to bring home live critters. We collected primarily in sand dunes, including one locality north of Austin, as well as the Monahans Sandhills, and the Red Dunes near El Paso. It was a truly memorable experience.