I didn’t collect a voucher because I didn’t have a permit, and because all I saw was the one plant. It was so weird and I stared at it for an hour and all I wanted to do was kill it for history and it has haunted me for years. It keys out as one currently accepted entity, and can kind of sort of fit a few possible characteristics of the synonyms, but not in any satisfying way, because it really isn’t any of them, and it is so obviously different, you know? I would just like a good way to make sure. Using the SCIENCE. I have seen a couple of photos similar on the internetz, so if you see something that looks like this plant out in the drought fields, make a duplicate voucher and send it my way. Or not, and describe a new species yourself. I will thank you either way, because then there will be an answer. And it will have a name.
2014 Jepson Herbarium Workshops - the schedule is out!
Online 2014 schedule, registration info, Workshop FAQs, and full descriptions of the entire 2014 season available at the Jepson Herbarium Workshop website. See amazing photos and moments from the 2013 year in the classroom and field at the Jepson herbarium Workshop blog.
I am the instructor for two workshops for the upcoming 2014.
Keying with the Second Edition of The Jepson Manual. Two workshops scheduled – 25 January 2014 or 8 February 2014.
Introduction to California Plant Families. Co-Instructor with Sheryl Creer. Two workshops scheduled – 22-23 March 2014 or 8-10 August 2014.
It is gonna be fun! I definitely blocked out my field season around Camp Cooking for Scientists.
GOING, M. 1899. Field, forest, and wayside flowers; with chapters on grasses, sedges, and ferns; untechnical studies for unlearned lovers of nature. By Maud Going (E.M. Hardinge), illustrated in part with drawings from life by S.G. Porter and photographs by Edwin H. Linco. Baker and Taylor Co., New York, NY. Website http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/117705#page/263/mode/1up (accessed 25 November 2013).
I support Wednesday’s UAW Local 2865 strike in solidarity with AFSCME 3299.
Additional information is available at the following links.
Starting at 19 November 2013 13:00 EST. Update: SDNHM removed Sternberg fossils from auction [blog link here]. You can still bid on lot#1067 – from the collections of a former Nobel prize winner.
Have you ever wondered how much a single scientific specimen might be worth – in terms of straight up cash? Online Bonhams catalog is here [http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21076/] or the PDF of the catalog here [ S-21076-0-1.pdf].
Good thing nobody gives a shit about fossils or museum specimens, because maybe deaccessioning a selection of astonishing [and fantastically prepared] specimens from museum collections might be considered a big deal. At least enough to warrant a blog post from the SDNHM posted on the 15th in advance of the auction on the 19th [Stupid blog post from stupid SDNHM here following some criticism 'Fossil Deaccession']. But maybe these specimens [or really, any other museum specimens] aren’t important – at least not by any citation metric that is currently tracking the value and longevity of a single specimen [however defined] through time in the literature or otherwise. cough, cough, SPECIMEN INDEX, yo. Also, the SDNHM just made sure that these specimens will be really well cited specimens, but not for reasons that will be favorable to the museum. Definitely not condoned by anyone – see the SVP’s statement about this impending auction.
The SDNHM should have said, ‘Free to a good home, slightly used fossils’. Instead of ‘hey, we gots some kittens we been taking care of – we don’t want to feed them anymore. they are gonna die unless you give us some monies.’
Also – it really sounds like the SDNHM just said FUCK YOU DONORS. This is what planned giving at the SDNHM looks like, after you are dead. Obvi.
Because those lots up for auction tomorrow don’t just look like expensive [luxury items] foyer centerpieces for the gratuitous spender – those look like the SDNHM board of directors don’t give a fuck. Not a single solitary fuck about the purpose of the institution and its mission. Specifically “To collect and preserve scientific specimens for research and as a continuous record of the changing world for future generations”. From the blog post “The Museum is permanently removing 13 fossils from our collection (called deaccessioning) that are unrelated to our mission.”
This isn’t about recognizing the truly perilous choices boards and directors and trustees have to make to balance the economies of research with curation of historic collections, while creating a profitable public interface with successful outreach for a multiplicity of scientific fields at SDNHM [or any institution]. Let’s be clear that this decision by the SDNHM Board of Directors is about making bad decisions. Very bad decisions. We can’t do science based on the idea that the highest bidder gets the specimen. That pay-to-play in science model is too expensive for any one person, or any one institution, to afford. Especially in taxonomy – we are talking about millions of specimens that together, have shaped our world and our fields. Science is a shared public trust, and the pieces of that public trust are held not just for what they can tell us about our shared past [literally] but also about our futures.
Are you thinking about donating some other assets or collections to SDNHM that can be appraised, valued, and auctioned for cash monies? Because there are telephone operators standing by – payments will be appreciated. Maybe this is a horrifically well-calculated strategy to publicize and raise money for the museum – by putting specimens up for auction and then AT THE LAST MOMENT finding good homes elsewhere to display all the specimens. While donations pour in to save SDNHM. Give your monies to the institutions that will be accepting and curating these specimens.
By the way – UC&JEPS will take all your deaccessioned herbarium specimens, in case any herbaria are thinking about following this funding model.
UAW Local 2865–the union representing 12,000 TA’s, [this includes GSIs at UC Berkeley] tutors, and readers across the UC–will be joining CNA and UC’s Skilled Craft’s Unit in a one-day sympathy strike with AFSCME 3299.
ALL GSIs at UC Berkeley are covered by the union contract, regardless of membership in the union. Support the strike, support labor, don’t cross picket lines.
More information about UAW Local 2865 here [http://www.uaw2865.org]
And the UC Berkeley chapter here [http://berkeleyuaw2865.wordpress.com/]
Dear Members of the UC Berkeley Faculty,
We are writing to request your support for our sympathy strike on November 20 in solidarity with AFSCME 3299, the union representing over 22,000 service and patient care workers. This is the first time the UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865, which represents 13,000 graduate student instructors, tutors and readers at the University of California, has gone on strike in sympathy with AFSCME since 2002. AFSCME 3299 will also be joined on the picket lines by members of the California Nurses Association and UC Santa Cruz’ Skilled Crafts Unit (K7—also represented by AFSCME 3299)—each of whom have authorized a sympathy strike and given notice to the UC. This will bring the total number of potential UC workers on strike on November 20th to 38,000.
Withholding our labor in solidarity with AFSCME 3299 means that tutors, readers, TA’s and GSI’s will not be teaching sections, responding to student emails, holding office hours, grading papers, and in general, doing work related to our duties as academic workers. Instead, UAW 2865 members will be joining AFSCME and CNA on the picket lines throughout the day.
In particular, we are writing to request that faculty:
- Respect the strike on November 20 by joining the picket lines and/or refusing to cross them;
- Do not assign any work to student workers on November 20;
- Clearly indicate to student workers that they will not face retaliation if they participate in the lawful sympathy strike;
- Inform undergraduate students that they will not be penalized for supporting the strike (assuming the class is not cancelled);
- Share the attached information contained in the AFSCME FAQ with undergraduate students and encourage them to support the strike.
This is AFSCME’s second strike this year. AFSCME is striking to protest management’s unfair practices, including unlawful intimidation and bullying against workers that stemmed from AFSCME’s May strike.
Our sympathy strike with AFSCME is a legally protected workplace action. If faculty have received communications from campus administrators suggesting otherwise and/or asking them to discourage student-workers from participating in the sympathy strike, it is important to know that any form of discouragement from or disciplining of student workers for participating could be considered unlawful. Peaceful concerted activities are legal and protected by labor laws. The Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) prohibits representatives of the UC (including faculty supervisors) from interfering with any right of its employees. The Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) has held that even if the intention of University representatives is not to discourage or impede the right of employees to take collective action, including striking, if a message is communicated that could have the effect of discouraging or impeding employees from striking, this message would be in violation of the statute.
In addition, over the past several years, AFSCME 3299 has partnered with students, and especially with UAW 2865, on important issues that have helped stem the tide of privatization at the UC. This has included supporting student calls for tuition freezes by lobbying in Sacramento, and partnering to organize students and workers. Like ourselves, AFSCME workers have experienced first-hand the ways in which budget cuts have negatively impacted our working conditions while top administrators have continued to receive pay raises and bonuses. AFSCME is currently fighting a 1.5% wage cut unilaterally implemented by UC management as well as threats to their pensions.
This time, UAW strikes in sympathy with our brothers and sisters and AFSCME. Please support your graduate student workers and others next Wednesday as we stand with UC service workers. An injury to one is an injury to all!
The cost of change, and awareness, and institutional efforts seems too much when it hurts this bad. The price is too high.
I am really sorry we lost Maliq. My condolences to his family and friends, and appreciate their strength and bravery in the face of horrendous loss.
Take care of yourself. Your health and well being is the first priority. Ask for help. Talk to someone. Then talk to someone else.
You are not alone. A lot of people care about you. They will help. I will help.
Here are some other places that offer help:
Crisis/suicide prevention hotlines: anyone can call 1–800–273-TALK [1800-273-8255] any time of the day. For any reason.
at the UC Berkeley Health Services Tang – [http://uhs.berkeley.edu/students/counseling/feelingstressed.shtml].
Call CPS at 510/642-9494 or visit the Tang Center, 3rd floor to talk with Counseling and Psychiatric Services. They are really fucking professional, and can find community resources available.
If you are in crisis, or it is after hours, or just really need to talk to SOMEBODY – After Hours Assistance Line at 510/643-7197 and ask to speak with a counselor.
For a complete list of community crisis hotlines in the UC Berkeley area see Emergency and Crisis Numbers and Resources.