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
Come visit our new display in Woodruff Library on the 2nd floor!
Shakespeare’s Natural World explores the important role the plants have played in literature. The Emory Herbarium is excited to have some of our own plant specimens on display at this special exhibit!
We had a great time at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s “Science at Hand Event”! Our display featured specimens of medicinal plants, puzzles, a crop origins matching game, a botanist’s tool kit and a coloring station. You can find pictures of the event on our new Instagram site: https://www.instagram.com/emory_herbarium/
Announcing the first Emory University Herbarium Newsletter! If you would like to join our mailing list to receive future newsletters by email, please contact Dr. Bradbury at e [dot] jane [dot] bradbury [at] emory [dot] edu
Click HERE to view our Spring 2015 issue!
The Emory Herbarium participated in a science outreach event with the 2015 Atlanta Science Festival at the Science Expo. Out theme was “What’s that smell? Plant chemistry in our foods, medicines and perfumes”. Thanks so much to Drs. Bradbury and Lyles and all of the student volunteers that made this special event possible!
View photos from this special day on our Facebook page HERE.
Volunteers from the Emory University Herbarium will be at Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday, March 14th from 10 am – 2 pm for their special “Wild Poisons Day”. join us for fun activities for all ages, and learn about how plants are important to our daily lives! To find out more, visit the Fernbank event website HERE.
We are very excited to announce that the Emory University Herbarium will be participating in the Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo in March! Our science topic this year is:
“What’s That Smell? Plant chemistry in our food, perfume, and medicine”
Did you know that plants make chemicals that give them their own special smell? Come learn about how we use these plant chemicals every day in our food, perfume, and medicine!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 28th, 2015 from 11am-4pm at Centennial Olympic Park. Learn more about the Atlanta Science Festival Expo here: http://atlantasciencefestival.org/expo We hope to see you there!
Attention students and post-doctoral fellows in ethnobotany:
The Society for Economic Botany has travel grants available to attend the 2015 joint meeting of the Society for Economic Botany and Indigenous Plant Use Forum, to be held in Clanwilliam, South Africa, this summer! Applications are due March 1st. More information is available here: http://www.econbot.org/themes/Econbot/pdfs/2015-SEBTravelAwardAnnouncement.pdf