National Synthesis Centers

April 24, 2010

Audrey Aronowsky represented EOL and BioSynC at the second meeting of the National Synthesis Centers. BioSynC is the only non-NSF funded Synthesis Center to be included in this group. The group discussed methods for evaluating and assessing the products and outcomes from synthesis meetings.

Drupal Chat

December 2, 2009

Beginning on December 1, the Synthesis Center is hosting a series of workshops to introduce the drupal content management system to Field Museum staff as the museum transitions to using drupal. BioSynC staff presented the website and several special project sites developed in drupal.

First annual meeting for all national biology centers

October 7, 2009

Audrey Aronowsky joined L&E’s Tracy Barbaro at the first annual meeting for all national biology centers hosted at NESCent. The group included representatives from NSF, NESCent, NCEAS, NEON, iPlant, NIMBioS, and AIBS. The meeting aims to coordinate and improve the education, outreach, and publicity efforts of all biology centers, of which BioSynC is the only one not funded by NSF. The meeting produced an outline for an NSF CCLI proposal that will be submitted in January 2010 and contain multiple letters of support from EOL.

BioSynC Hosts Museum Donors

August 16, 2009

On the evening of August 17, the EOL Biodiversity Synthesis Center and Institutional Advancement showcased paleontology fieldwork and the educational program “I Dig Zambia” to a small group of Museum members. Assistant Curator Ken Angielczyk (Geology) gave a short presentation on his team’s recent fossil discoveries during their recent trip to Zambia. This was followed by a presentation by Scientific Program Manager Audrey Aronowsky (BioSynC) of “I Dig Zambia”, the educational project that virtually followed Ken’s team to Zambia.

BioSynC at Botany & Mycology Meeting

July 28, 2009

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Karen Cranston and Scientific Program Manager Audrey Aronowsky (both BioSynC) attended Botany & Mycology 2009 (the joint meeting of the Mycological Society of America, American Bryological and Lichenological Society, American Fern Society, American Society of Plant Taxonomists and Botanical Society of America) from July 25–29 in Snowbird, Utah.

BioSynC at Ichs and Herps Meeting

July 26, 2009

Director Mark Westneat and Postdoctoral Research Scientist Joshua Drew (both BioSynC) attended the joint meeting of the American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetologists held July 22–27 in Portland, Oregon. Josh presented part of his research in a presentation entitled “Phylogeography of Amblyglyphidodon leucogaster and the evolution of marine biodiversity in the Pacific” highlighted the role of peripheral populations in contributing to the genetic diversity of a species.

BioSynC at Society for Conservation Biology Meeting

July 15, 2009

Scientific Program Manager Audrey Aronowsky (BioSynC) attended the annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) in Beijing, China July 11–16. Audrey hosted an exhibit booth for the EOL and gave several demonstrations of the website, including new ways of contributing content to EOL.

e-Biosphere '09

June 3, 2009

From June 1–4, BioSynC’s Audrey Aronowsky, Mark Westneat and Karen Cranston attended the e-biosphere meeting in London. The meeting’s purpose was to address two major questions that humanity wrestles with: 1) how do we understand the millions of species with whom we share the planet? and 2) how can we, as a species, deal effectively and intelligently with these species? EOL was a major sponsor of this meeting, which had 483 participants from all over the world (42 countries!). For a more detailed account of the meeting see Audrey’s blog post on the EOL blog (

Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell Visits BioSynC

May 5, 2009

On May 6, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell and his wife visited the Museum. They toured the BioSynC and learned about the EOL and BioSynC’s newest digital learning initiative, WhyReef. The Governor was particularly interested in learning more about his favorite species, the domestic dog, as well as piranhas.

Women in Science Luncheon

May 4, 2009

On May 5, Scientific Program Manager Audrey Aronowsky (BioSynC) attended the Women in Science luncheon, an annual event hosted by the Field Museum Women’s Board, where she gave a talk about EOL and WhyReef.

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