New BioSynC Employee Kannan Mahadevan

April 2, 2009

BioSynC welcomes Kannan Mahadevan as a new part-time EOL employee to help with financial reporting, graphics, and kid-friendly EOL text.

Dr. Micheal Klegg pays visit to BioSynC

February 17, 2009

Today we received a visit from Dr. Michael Clegg, one of three people on the joint MacArthur/Sloan committee that is reviewing EOL's application for renewed funding through 2011.  Michael met with all EOL associated staff in the museum and learned about how the Synthesis Group is contributing to the EOL project.  Michael also received a tour of the BioSynC and demonstrations of several software applications including TreeViz, Phylografter, and the beta version of EOL LifeDesk.

EOL attends AAAS

February 15, 2009

EOL sponsored a booth at this year's AAAS meeting (Feb 13-15th). The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, most of the BioSynC staff attended to staff the booth and to go to some talks. As a group we made several contacts with great potential for new and existing EOL projects. Our booth had informational posters and brochures about the EOL as a whole as well as specific posters about BioSynC, E & O and BHL.

Darwin Day!

February 12, 2009

Happy 200 b-day Darwin! Without Darwin, we wouldn't exist! Celebrate!!!

BioSynC at SICB

January 7, 2009

BioSynC staff members Audrey Aranowsky, Mark Westneat, Darolyn Striley and Alta Buden attended the annual Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) meeting  and hosted a booth on the EOL and BioSynC.  Audrey gave a talk presenting her recent work in digital learning initiatives, including two collaborations with The Field Museum's Education Department: "I Dig Tanzania!," which took place this past summer, and "WhyReef," a year-long program that was just recently launched.  Assistant Curator Ken Angielczyk (Geology) also attended, and co-authore

Welcome beth Sanzenbacher!

December 31, 2008

forest floor

The Biodiversity Synthesis Center welcomes a new staff member, Beth Sanzenbacher.  Beth will be working on a recently funded MacArthur digital learning initiative entitled "WhyReef."  She will be working closely with the Co-PIs on the project, Audrey Aronowsky and Elizabeth Babcock (Education).

June 2008

June 29, 2008

This June the BioSynC had some very exciting visitors! On the 4th, we were honored to give a tour to Dr. Ashok Khosla, the former director of the United Nations Environmental Program. On the 12th staff from the offices of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Melissa Bean came by for a tour.

May 2008

May 30, 2008

In the Center
May began with a visit from Jen Schopf, the Systems Architect from the Informatics Group at Woods Hole. She met with BioSynC staff for a day and filled us in on the EOL progress and some of the technical aspects of building the EOL website. On the 3rd we were excited to give a tour to some interested members of Barack Obama's local staff. The next week (May 6th) post-doc candidate Jason Weckstein gave a talk on his research on biogeography and coevolution of bird lice and their charismatic toucan hosts, and on the same day we hosted a gathering of twelve possible interns from the BiTmaP program from Chicago Tech Park. (BiTmaP is the only program in the country that certifies people in bioinformatics.) On May 19th we hosted King and Caryn Harris for an evening to celebrate their generous donation to the Synthesis Center.

April 2008

April 29, 2008

April was a thunderstorm of activity in the BioSynC. Audrey and Alta attended the spring symposium at the AMNH's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation called "Sustaining Cultural and Biological Diversity in a Rapidly Changing World: Lessons for Global Policy" from April 2-5th. They presented a poster on the Biodiversity Synthesis Center and made some exciting contacts.

March 2008

March 30, 2008

March came in like a fifteeen degree Lion of Tsavo here at the Field Museum, Mark Westneat wasn't affected because he was at the Assembling the Tree of Life Annual PI Meeting (AToL) from March 7-9 which happened to be in warm New Orleans, Louisiana. Besides carousing in the music-filled New Orleans air, Mark and Paddy gave presentations to the meeting on the EoL and BioSynC accompanied by much (two hours!) of productive discussion.

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