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Science Illustrator Research Opportunity

Apply to sail on the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) “Superfast Spreading Rate Crust 4” Expedition 335, aboard the scientific research vessel, JOIDES Resolution. IODP Expedition 335 will be the fourth research expedition of the "Superfast" campaign to drill a deep hole into intact oceanic crust. This expedition will return to Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Hole 1256D off the coast of Costa Rica to deepen ODP Hole 1256D by a significant distance into cumulate gabbros. Cores and data recovered during the Superfast 4 Expedition will provide new observations that will be used to evaluate and test models of the accretion and evolution of the oceanic crust.

Deadline to apply is 21 February. Expedition dates: 13 April-3 June 2011.

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GNSI Members start program at the Yale Peabody Museum

Yale Peabody MembersFour Connecticut GNSI artists: Dorie Petrochko from Oxford, Susannah Graedel from Madison, Cindy Gilbane from West Haven, and Jan Prentice from Branford, have launched a new art program at the Yale Peabody Museum Education Center’s West Campus location in Orange, CT.

The newly formed group: Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI) offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of drawing and painting of natural science subjects and habitat studies. Spring semester classes begin February 9 and continue until June 4, 2011. Courses offered are Fundamentals of Natural Science Illustration, Botanical Illustration in Watercolor, Pen and Ink: Basic Techniques, Pen and Ink: Natural Science Specimens, Drawing and Painting Birds, Natural Science Illustration in Mixed Media, and Botanical Oil Painting.

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Call for Exhibit: Morton Arboretum

GNSI Exhibit at the Morton Arboretum (Feb. 15 - June 4, 2011), open to all GNSI members in good standing.

Subject matter: all scientific illustration, no medical illustration

Please include a brief description of the work and the reason it was created.

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Call For Exhibits: 2011 Margaret Flockton Award

The Award Committee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney has announced details for the upcoming 2011 Margaret Flockton Award and Exhibition.

Illustrators are invited to submit one or two original scientific botanical illustrations in black and white by close of business Friday 4th Feb 2011. Prize money:1st prize—$5000 AUD, 2nd prize—$2000 AUD, plus three Highly Commended awards will be presented upon the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 31 March 2011.

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Britt Griswold featured in the Big Bang Theory

One of the fruits of my collaborations in the NASA WMAP project is an Education Outreach product - the WMAP beach ball. It is a great educational tool for explaining the shape and origins of the universe. 

This fall our in-house astrophysics EPO group did an interview with me, about the creation of the ball, for their "Blueshift" Blog.

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Artist For Conservation's virtual exhibit

In 2010, in lieu of a live gallery exhibit, the Artists for Conservation (AFC) is producing its first virtual exhibit. In future years, this will complement live gallery exhibits and make them more widely accessible to an international audience. The Artists for Conservation mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, and environmental education through art that celebrates our natural heritage.

Several GNSI members are part of AFC's 500 member organization, including Patricia Savage, Barry MacKay, John Megahan, and Linda Feltner.

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Vesalius Trust Award applications open

The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences is  accepting applications for the 2011 Dr. Frank H. Netter Award for Special  Contributions to Medical Education. This award is given annually in  recognition of the development of visually-oriented educational materials  that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of education and  research in the health sciences. There is no application fee. The award  includes a plaque and monetary award of US$1,000. Past winners have made  innovative contributions in healthcare education including anatomical models,  books, simulators, videos, and interactive learning materials. More  information is available on the Vesalius Trust website.  

http://www.vesaliustrust.org/scholarships.html#Netter

GNSI Blast From the Past

How many of these people do you recognize? A surprising number of them are still GNSI members. This group photo was taken at the National Zoo in Washington DC, in July of 1996. Over 200 people attended the Washington DC conference, our largest gathering ever. This was the year my youngest daughter was born, during the conference, so I was not in the group that day (I am local to DC).

One of the standout faces in this image is Elaine Hodges, one of my mentors, and now unfortunately removed from our lives too early.

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You can help protect USA Artist rights

Dear GNSI members and Friends,

The same group that worked so hard to defeat the Orphaned Works bill in Congress is going on the offensive to help secure real benefits for U.S. artists. They will be presenting this month to the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO). The intent is to gain recognition in the international community as an official organization handling reproduction rights funds.

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Message from the GNSI President

Suzanne WegenerOn July 14th Gail Guth handed the reins of this organization to me, and so started my term as president. At the banquet, there was a good amount of teasing to the effect of Wow! President, that’s a big job! Big shoes to fill! Why did you say yes?!

Why did I say yes? Why do anything? Why not just let someone else do it?

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