Emory Herbarium to contribute to new cancer study

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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Support the Emory Herbarium on #GivingTuesday

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.

Emory Herbarium at the Science at Hand event

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/

Emory Herbarium to participate in the Atlanta Science Festival Expo!

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!

Student funding opportunity for herbarium research

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.

A New Website for the New Year!

We are excited to announce the launch of the Emory University Herbarium’s (GEO) updated website! The new site features useful information about the GEO’s history and future directions, how to access the GEO resources, how to contribute to the herbarium, and much more. Please help us to get the word out by sharing the news with your colleagues or peers that may have an interest in learning more about the collection.