Fla. Museum plant scientists receive award for outstanding service

November 22nd, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists Doug and Pam Soltis and David Dilcher, and William Stern, University of Florida Botany Professor Emeritus, recently received centennial awards from the Botanical Society of America for their outstanding service to the plant sciences and the society.

The Soltises oversee the Florida Museum molecular genetics lab and are world leaders in plant genome research. Doug Soltis also currently is chair of the UF Department of Botany. Dilcher, a Florida Museum graduate research professor in the Division of Paleobotany and Palynology, is well-known for his research of the origin of flowers and the reproductive biology of the first flowering plants.

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Florida Museum honors Leslie Klein as Volunteer of the Year

May 17th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently named docent Leslie Klein the winner of its 2006 James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award.

Klein, who was recognized at an April 27 reception, has volunteered at the Florida Museum more than 30 years, working with every age group from toddlers to seniors. Her contributions include design and production of costumes, props, sets, puppets and educational materials. She also has served as an interpreter, outreach volunteer, Florida Museum Associates board member and has conducted workshops for the museum at state and national meetings.

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Florida Museum scientist elected to National Academy of Sciences

April 27th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History Curator Emeritus Elizabeth S. Wing was among 72 new members elected Tuesday to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Wing becomes the tenth member of the academy from the University of Florida, an achievement considered one of the highest honors in American science. Members are elected in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Wing is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains in archaeological sites. She initiated the world’s first formal program at the Florida Museum in 1961, which she guided and developed during her 45-year career to the present-day Environmental Archaeology Program. Wing also is known for her efforts to encourage other scientists to expand the discipline to include plants, soils, geochemistry, climate and other biological studies.

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Florida Museum butterfly exhibits win top Southeast regional award

September 30th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity butterfly exhibits are the 2005 winner of the Southeastern Museums Conference Exhibition Award of Excellence for best exhibit with a budget of more than $1 million. Exhibitions are judged in the areas of design and fabrication, exhibit publications, educational and evaluative programs and the ability of the exhibit to support the museum’s mission or goals.

Florida Museum Assistant Director of Exhibits Darcie MacMahon, who directed the exhibition project and worked on the exhibit competition proposal with museum photographer Jeff Gage and designer Ian Breheny, will officially accept the award at the SEMC Annual Conference in October. Other museum employees who contributed to the project include Kurt Auffenberg, Pat Bennett, Stacey Breheny, Nathan Bruce, Ron Chesser, Tom Emmel, Jay Fowler, Jeff Huber, Dale Johnson, Tom Kyne, Bob Leavy, Lee Seabrook, Andrei Sourakov, Gwen Thompson and Jay Weber.

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Fla. Museum archaeology curator receives travel writer award

September 8th, 2005

For Immediate Release Sept. 8, 2005

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Florida Museum of Natural History
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History Curator in Archaeology Jerald Milanich will be awarded the second place Ken Meeker Travel Writer Award Sept. 13 for his “Water World” article, which appeared in the September-October 2004 issue of “Archaeology Magazine.”

The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce presents the annual travel writer awards to the top three articles about tourist destinations in the Sanibel and Captiva Islands area. The competition is open to journalists worldwide. In addition to the award, Milanich also will receive a $500 cash prize.

During his career, which spans more than three decades, Milanich has published more than 190 books, articles and other publications, received 64 academic grants and supervised more than 100 graduate students — many who currently practice archaeology in Florida and throughout the Americas. His role as Bullen Series editor for the University Press of Florida, as well as other editorial positions, have helped disseminate Florida archaeology information globally.

Milanich has held various appointed and elected positions in the professional archaeological community, including president of the Society of Professional Archaeologists from 1981-1982 and president of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference from 1986-1988. He also was named among the University of Florida’s top researchers in 1987. Milanich received a Medalist Award in 2004 by the Florida Academy of Sciences and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Archaeological Council in 2005.

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The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. For more information, including directions and parking information, call (352) 846-2000, or visit the museum online, www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

Fla. Museum archaeology curator to receive lifetime achievement award

May 12th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History Curator of Archaeology Jerald T. Milanich will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Archaeological Council at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13. The ceremony will be held during the council’s 25th anniversary celebration and the Florida Anthropological Society’s 57th anniversary meeting reception, held in unison at the Florida Museum.

Milanich is one of only three people to ever receive this award. During his career, which spans more than three decades, Milanich has published more than 190 books, articles and other miscellaneous publications, received 64 academic grants and supervised more than 100 graduate students, many who currently practice archaeology in Florida and throughout the Americas. His role as Bullen Series editor for the University Press of Florida, as well as other editorial positions, have helped disseminate Florida archaeology information globally.

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Fla. Museum honors Ocala couple with volunteer of the year award

May 10th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History named Chris and Joan Schneider winners of the first James Pope Cheney Volunteer of the Year Award at this year’s volunteer recognition reception on April 14.

Each week for 18 years the couple has made the 45 minute trip between their home in Ocala and the Florida Museum to work as tour guides, with the museum’s Inquiry Box program or as Butterfly Rainforest volunteers. Joan has given thousands of origami demonstrations, as well as gifts and displays to the Florida Museum. Chris has delighted children of all ages with a magic show by “Captain Chris.” He also has created inexpensive activities and props to support summer public programs. Together they have brought to life more than 20 public programs and selflessly donated countless hours and materials to the museum.

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