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aceska at CUE.BC.CA
Fri Jul 16 07:33:39 EST 1993
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No. 59 July 15, 1993
Address: aceska at cue.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DR. VLADIMIR KRAJINA
A memorial service for Dr. Vladimir J. Krajina will be held on
Wednesday July 21, 1993 at 2:00 p.m. in the University of
British Columbia Chapel (formerly United Church), 5375 Univer-
sity Blvd. (near Toronto Rd). This church is on the north side
of the University Boulevard, west of the golf club.
VICTORIA BOTANY COMING EVENTS
July 20, 1993 (Tuesday) 10:30 a.m. - Dr. Siraj Hasan (C.S.I.R.O.
Biological Control Unit, Montpellier, France): "Progress
towards biological control of weeds of European origin
with particular respect to phytopathogens." Pacific
Forestry Centre, 506 West Burnside Rd.
July 24, 1993 (Saturday) 9:00 - 12:00 a.m. - Controlled removal
of Scotch Broom in Uplands Park, Phase 2. Meet at Cattle
In this phase we will pull or cut broom from Joel Ussery's
test plots left behind as controls. This action is not
widely advertised, we don't need so many people as in the
first attack, but come and bring your friend, if you can.
JAMES C. HICKMAN (1941 - 1993)
From: The Jepson Globe (Vol.4, No.4)
Jim Hickman, editor of the newly published Jepson Manual: Higher
plants of California, died on June 15 of Aids-related pneumonia.
The landmark field guide to all California's native plants was
result of Jim's planning and organizing. We are grateful that
Jim lived long enough to see the result of his efforts.
Born in Iowa, Jim spent his early years in Portsmouth, Ohio. He
obtained a degree in biology from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in
ecology and systematic botany from the University of Oregon.
Besides teaching at Washington State University, Pullman, Swath-
more College and University of California, Berkeley, Jim was
editor of Madrono and a program director with the National
Jim's life was a celebration. Music, intellectual curiosity, and
friends were his touchstones. His passing reflected his life -
one of awareness, courage and surrounded by friends. James C.
Hickman's name on The Jepson Manual is fitting memorial to his
vision and perseverance.
[I met Jim in 1978[?], when he and Dr. Melinda Denton led a
field trip through the Cascade Mountains of central Oregon. It
was the best organized field trip I have been on and every
participant of the trip greatly appreciated Jim's vast knowledge
of plants and the phytogeography of the Pacific Northwest. - AC]
JEPSON MANUAL SOLD OUT
From: The Jepson Globe (Vol.4, No.4)
The first printing of The Jepson Manual (7,500 copies) has been
sold out. The new manual was snatched up in record time - just
three months after coming onto the market. The second printing
is already underway and, hopefully, will be available by August.
The Jepson Manual Project Staff would like to hear from you
about any errors (the entire family of Balsaminaceae was left
out!) and about any difficulties you encounter using keys or
descriptions. Address your letters to Jepson Manual Project,
Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE OUT OF TOUCH WITH NATURE ?
From: CBO radio interview with Dr. A. Emery, Director June 21,
Jennifer Frye (JF - interviewer): "Roberta has just told us
about big doings of one sort at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Well, staff at the museum are awaiting ... word on the result of
reorganization that could mean 51 [only 1 from management] of
the museum's 253 employees lose their jobs."
Dr. Alan Emery (AE - Director of the Canadian Museum of Nature):
"We want to catapult the museum from a kind of a traditional
organization that deals with the old-fashioned kinds of museum-
type exhibits, old-fashioned types of research and ways of
holding collections, into the future; to be a new dynamic or-
ganization, one that's in touch with nature (which is our sub-
ject) and also in touch with society and at the leading edge of
our research and collection efforts."
JF: "Some employees even had said they worry their phones are
being tapped, morale is so poor..."
AE: "Yes, there's two philosophies of how to do.. how to deal
with employees from a management perspective. One is to be
secretive, and that is to do everything completely behind closed
doors" ..."but we wanted to be more open and to use our staff's
input as much as we could.."
JF: "When do you think they'll know for sure if they are cut?"
AE: "Don't know. The board has delayed the decision for 30 days
from that board meeting, which would be July 9th, and then they
will decide when they are going to make the decision."
If you are interested in the full transcript of the interview,
send me your snail address or the FAX number. The letter that
accompanied the transcript had a P.S. "Please don't mention my
name" and stated "the days of systematic botany, as we have
known it in the museum, are numbered."
The Board of Trustees was supposed to meet on Friday July 9th.
According to the news from Ottawa, the meeting was postponed and
now it has been schedulled for July 20.
Dr. Alan R. Emery is an ichthyologist, B.Sc.(Hons.) University
of Toronto, M.Sc. McGill University, and Ph.D. from University
of Miami. He was Curator of Ichthyology and Herpatology at the
ROM and Associate Prof., Univ. of Toronto 1980-83 and has been
the Director of the Canadian Museum of Nature since 1983.
RE: NOXIOUS WEEDS [Ben 58]
From: Jim Pojar
Why isn't Cytisus scoparius a noxious weed ? I mean officially,
we all know it really is.
AC: I asked the same question in 1979. The answer I got from the
Ministry of Agriculture was: "Because it grows only in abandoned
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