September 19, 2014

Smithsonian, Swiss Village Farm Foundation Partner on Livestock DNA Library

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Cryogenically freezing the DNA of livestock animals might sound like a science fiction twist to Noah’s Ark, yet it’s the mission of a newly forged partnership called The Smithsonian and Swiss Village Farm (SVF) Foundation Biodiversity Project. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the SVF Foundation announced in late July that they have joined forces to preserve rare and endangered heritage breeds of livestock, animals that our American forefathers raised for agriculture. Over the next several years, the SVF Foundation’s collection of frozen genetic materials will be incorporated into the Smithsonian’s vast genetic library of endangered animal species.

National Rural Education Tech Summit Set for April 30

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The first-ever virtual event will take place Monday, April 30 from 12 to 6 pm EDT.

Cool Links: Highlights from the National Art Education Conference

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School librarian Melissa Techman attended NAEA in New York and gleaned some great art-infused ideas for the classroom and media center