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ANNUAL REPORT 2010-2011
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A message
from the
director
This past year the Museum invested a great deal of energy into analyzing our intended
impact on the various audiences we serve. While our mission – understanding, preserving
and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage to ensure their survival for future
generations – describes
what
the Museum does, our intended impact describes
the result
of the Museum’s work, or what we hope to achieve as we carry out our mission.
Understanding the ultimate effect of our efforts is especially important in the current
landscape of limited resources and heightened accountability. It helps to guide decision-
making, prioritization of actions and the alignment of precious resources. Assisting us in
the impact-planning process was Randi Korn and Associates, Inc. of Virginia, who helped us
articulate the Museum’s impact statement:
People are inspired to value the biological richness
and cultural heritage of our diverse world and make a positive difference in its future
.
It follows that the organizing theme of this Annual Report is
impact
. The ensuing pages
highlight some of the many ways the Museum inspires people to care about life on Earth and
value our cultural heritage. Perhaps nowhere was this more clearly seen than in the temporary
exhibition,
The Blue Path: Protecting Florida’s Springs
, which described the uncertain future of our
state’s precious water resources. We also opened our long-awaited Lastinger Family Foundation
Gallery featuring
Collections are the Library of Life
, an interactive exhibit emphasizing the positive
impact scientific biocollections have on some of the major challenges facing society today. At
the same time we also opened an award-winning exhibition,
Dugout Canoes – Paddling through
the Americas
, inspired by the discovery of 101 dugout canoes at nearby Newnans Lake.
The Museum posted its most successful year ever in terms of competitive grants and
contracts. Particularly noteworthy are two large NSF grants: 1) Bruce MacFadden and a team
of paleontologists received $3.8 million in the highly competitive Partnerships for International
Research and Education program to work on ancient biodiversity in the Panama Canal region.
This will impact the lives of many students and young professionals as a new generation of
globally competent scientists is trained. 2) The other grant is the largest in the Museum’s
history – $10 million – awarded to Larry Page and colleagues from the Museum, the UF
College of Engineering and Florida State University to establish a national center for
digitization of biocollections.
In August we reluctantly celebrated the retirement of Distinguished Research Curator and
James E. Lockwood, Jr. Professor of Archaeology, Dr. Kathleen Deagan. Few would question
the enormous and lasting impact Kathy has had on the Museum, her students and the field
of historical archaeology. Fortunately she continues to work in St. Augustine and remains
involved as curator emerita, extending the impact of her brilliant career.
I hope you enjoy this report, and after reading it will agree with me that the Florida Museum
of Natural History’s impact is both significant and lasting.
Douglas S. Jones, Ph.D.
Director, Florida Museum of Natural History
The Florida Museum’s McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera and Biodiversity roof was selected as
a campus demonstration site for an innovative solar
array. Installation of the 75kW system was completed
in May 2010, and it now contributes power to the
Museum’s electrical and cooling systems.
Inspiring people
to care about
life on Earth…