AACC's Annual Convention offers professional development as well as the opportunity to network, share, and learn from professionals in the fields of education, business and industry, and the government sector.
San Francisco's Exploratorium showcases the work of researchers at the Natural History Museum in London and Las Cuevas Biological Station in Belize, who are investigating the nature and diversity of life. From Jungle to Lab is part of the Exploratorium's Origin Project, created to explain how scientists explore "the beginnings of the universe, of matter, of the earth, and of life itself." This well-designed Web site contains loads of multimedia features, such as a slide show of Las Cuevas (including a 360 view of the biological station), video and audio clips of researchers explaining their work, Web casts, and much more. The contents of this site are thoughtfully organized and skillfully presented. For example, the section titled Ideas appears as a virtual field notebook, each page addressing a different aspect of evolutionary mechanism for biodiversity. In all, this is a fantastic Web site that is worth a visit for design features alone, if not the enlightening content.
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Of the many thousands of letters that Charles Darwin wrote during his lifetime, over 7,000 are kept in various libraries around the world. The Woodward Library at the University of British Columbia is in possession of two groups of these letters. The first, numbering about 40 letters, is drawn from Darwin's correspondence with Jim Scott Burdon Sanderson about the two scientists' research on insect-eating plants. The second, a group of about 80 letters, part of the Fox/Pearce (Darwin) Collection - 1821-1884, details observations of the natural history of insects, birds, and eggs. The letters have been scanned and uploaded to the library's website, where readers may zoom in on interesting tidbits, read about the collection, and explore the life and times of this world-renowned naturalist. The Additional Resources section is also well worth a look, providing links to related projects, such as the Darwin Correspondence Project and the Darwin Manuscripts Project.
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