Emory Herbarium to receive $1,720 for contributions to a newly funded cancer research pilot project on plant natural products.
Collections manager, Dr. Samarakoon, will be responsible for authentication and taxonomical identification of newly collected plant specimens that will be be used in anti-cancer drug discovery studies. Read more about the project here: http://etnobotanica.us/archives/1564
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Dear friends of the Emory University Herbarium:
We have some exciting things happening at the Emory University Herbarium! Our mission is to serve as a botanical research and educational resource for the Emory University and global community. We aim to foster understanding of the human-nature interface by collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting botanical specimens and ethnobotanical objects. To meet these aims, we have engaged in several interesting projects this Spring:
- Our plant specimens are currently featured in the special exhibit: “Shakespeare’s Natural Worlds” at Woodruff Library on the second floor. See pictures of the exhibit and read more about it in the Emory News!
- Our students collected more than 170 new species to add to the Emory Herbarium collection during an alternative spring break trip to south Florida. Read about their experience in the field in a series of blog posts on the Destination Health EU blog!
- We have launched our fundraiser to save our rare plant Granite Rock Outcrop Collection on Emory’s crowdfunding platform: Momentum!
I’m writing because we need your help to raise both funds and awareness about our rare plant Granite Rock Outcrop Collection project. We are currently funded only via philanthropic donations and must raise the necessary funds to make our conservation efforts for these rare plant samples a success. Here’s how you can contribute to these efforts:
- Donate to the project. Every donation, both large and small, can make a real and meaningful impact on our work! This is where our most immediate and urgent need is today.
- Spread news about the project. We need to get the word out! Please share this link with friends and your social media outlets: http://bit.ly/1WVGXCM
- Volunteer at the herbarium. We have one PhD botanist on staff to serve as the collections manager, but the rest of our work is performed by volunteers! We work with both students and members from the community in these efforts.
Thanks for your help and commitment to botanical research and education!
For the people and the plants,
Dr. Cassandra Quave
Curator, Emory Herbarium
Looking for a cause to support on #GivingTuesday? Please consider a donation to the Emory University Herbarium. Funds will be used to support student research projects and efforts to revitalize our collection of more than 20,000 plant specimens.
Donations can be made through the secure Emory website and are tax-deductible.
The Society for Economic Botany’s annual Richard Evan Schultes Research Award supports graduate student research with a $2500 award to defray the costs of fieldwork. The competition is limited to graduate students who are members of the Society, or members who have received their degree within a year. Deadline: March 15th, 2015. Full application info available here.
The Society of Herbarium Curators has a $500 Student Research Award that is open to both undergraduate and graduate students! Scope: Two $500 research grants will be awarded to students whose research contributes to or uses herbarium resources in ways that augment the collections. Research on any taxa typically accessioned in herbaria including all plant, fungal, lichen, and algal lineages is eligible. Supported activities could include, but are not limited to, fieldwork to generate vouchers for revisionary or floristic work, collecting morphological data from specimens, traveling to herbaria, or making and distributing physical specimens. Thus, students’ overarching research could include molecular approaches but the merit of the proposal would be based on the ability of the work to contribute to building or improving herbarium resources. Additionally, meta-analysis of herbarium data would also be eligible, provided that a component of the research includes direct study of specimens.The deadline is Feb. 1st. The full application is available here.