Navigation Links
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University expand partnership
Date:6/30/2011

Scientists and educators from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University broke ground June 29 on a green-design conservation complex that embodies the concept of the living classroom. Since October 2008, the SmithsonianMason Global Conservation Studies Program has trained future conservationists with an interdisciplinary and interactive program at SCBI headquarters, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park's 3,200-acre facility in Front Royal, Va. There, undergraduate, graduate and professional students from the U.S. and abroad participate in courses taught by prominent scientists and educators from the Zoo, Mason and other institutions.

The SmithsonianMason Program began with 15 undergraduate students in fall 2008. When the expansion is complete in fall 2012, SCBI Front Royal will be able to accept 60 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students and professionals.

"There is no greater goal than to invest in educating and training the next generation of conservation professionals," said Steve Monfort, director of SCBI and co-founder of the SmithsonianMason Program. "By improving science-related education and engaging students in ways that provide them with hands-on experience, we're fulfilling that goal."

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian, and Alan G. Merten, president of George Mason University, spoke about the expansion project. Two graduates of the SmithsonianMason program, Michelle Waterman and Joanna Lambert, offered insight about their experiences as participants of the program. Also in attendance at the ceremony were Eva Pell, the Smithsonian's Under Secretary for Science; Roger Sant, Regent of the Smithsonian; Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo; Monfort; and Alonso Aguirre, executive director of the SmithsonianMason Program.

"We are extremely excited to literally build upon this unique partnership between two highly regarded institutions," said Aguirre. "These new facilities will allow our students to live and learn in a collaborative environment where conservation is happening every day."

The three new buildings will be LEED-certified Gold Standard and will model the best green practices, including green-roof technology, geothermal heating and cooling, composting kitchen waste, reuse of rainwater and storm-water management. The space will house classrooms, laboratories, dining and events facilities, dormitories and study halls.

SCBI serves as the umbrella for the Smithsonian's conservation science. The priority for SCBI's animal collection is veterinary and reproductive research. By living in controlled environments, the 22 speciesmost of them little-known and endangered birds and mammalsprovide ideal subjects for intensive study and the rapid acquisition of urgently needed information. Findings from these studies provide critical information for the management of captive populations and valuable insights for the conservation and management of wild populations.


'/>"/>

Contact: Communications Office
202-633-3055
Smithsonian
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Smithsonian perspective: Biodiversity in a warmer world
2. Smithsonian puts tropical Eastern-Pacific shore fishes online
3. Smithsonian puts tropical eastern Pacific shore fishes online
4. New movement models tested at the Smithsonian in Panama
5. Smithsonian scientists receive coveted BBVA Ecology and Conservation Award
6. Smithsonian scientist warns that palm oil development may threaten Amazon
7. First jaguar photo taken at Smithsonian Research Station in Panama
8. Smithsonian scientists find the frog legs trade may facilitate spread of pathogens
9. Stress and trade-offs explain lifes diversity: New Smithsonian model
10. Smithsonian hosts 2010 International CAM Workshop in Panama
11. Smithsonian scientists help create first frozen repository for Hawaiian coral
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University expand partnership 
(Date:3/18/2016)... , March 18, 2016 ... Suppliers of Biometrics, ICT, Manned & Unmanned Vehicles, Physical infrastructure ... & security companies in the border security market and the ... and Europe has led visiongain ... companies improved success. --> defence & security ...
(Date:3/14/2016)... , Allemagne, March 14, 2016 ... http://www.apimages.com ) - --> - Renvoi : ... - --> --> ... solutions biométriques, fournit de nouveaux lecteurs d,empreintes digitales ... LF10 de DERMALOG sera utilisé pour produire des ...
(Date:3/9/2016)... , March 9, 2016 This BCC ... future states of the RNA Sequencing (RNA Seq) market ... such as instruments, tools and reagents, data analysis, and ... various segments of the RNA-Sequencing market such as RNA-Sequencing ... Identify the main factors affecting each segment and forecast ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... CO (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... , announced the addition of Dr. Nancy Gillett to its Board of Directors. ... position, she served as Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. A ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... the sensor and data driven conferences, will take place on June 7-8, 2016, at the New ... Vidya Raman-Tangella on incorporating technology -- including AR/VR, machine learning, apps, robotics and AI ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Texas , May 3, 2016  Dr. ... plastic surgeon in The Woodlands, Texas ... destroys 24 percent of treated fat cells in just ... woman. Close to 90 percent of Americans report feeling ... options. Nonsurgical fat reduction procedures are a growing industry. ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Nashville ... IVF laboratories. A contingency of reproductive endocrinologists, including Dr. George Hill ... infertility and to help them build families. , Ovation Fertility is a nationwide ...
Breaking Biology Technology: