Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Georgia Museum of Natural History to host fund-raising event

The Georgia Museum of Natural History, part of the University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will hold a celebration and fund-raising event at the Visitor Center and Conservatory of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 24.

A social hour and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30. There will be an exhibit of rare first-edition books spanning 500 years about corals and coral formation. Speaker for the evening will be Jim Porter, associate dean and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor in UGA’s Odum School of Ecology.

For information, contact the Museum at 706/542-1663.

The Georgia Museum of Natural History links collections, research, public service and education through programs designed for a diverse audience. Natural history museums are repositories for collections of archaeological, biological, geological and paleontological materials.

For the most part, such collections consist of specimens or artifacts gathered so that they may be studied by students and professionals or displayed for public edification. At the University of Georgia, faculty, staff and students have built significant collections in natural history through their research. These collections play an important role in the teaching mission of the university as well as in public service and outreach.

The Georgia Museum of Natural History is a consortium consisting of 11 natural history collections supported by the museum and five departments at the University of Georgia: anthropology, plant biology, entomology, geology and plant pathology. (Entomology and plant pathology are part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Each collection is the largest of its kind in Georgia. The collections are primarily administered and supported by their academic departments and colleges.

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