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Physical sciences/Earth sciences/Geology

Recently retired Universityof Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) history professor Sandra Herbert's interest in Charles Darwin started in the 1960s when she traveled to England to see his original manuscripts at Christ College, University of Cambridge.

Herbert is the author of  "Charles Darwin, Geologist" and the editor of "The RedNotebook of Charles Darwin and coeditor of "Charles Darwin's Notebooks,1836–1844: Geology, Transmutation of Species, Metaphysical Enquiries."

Inthis interview, Herbert reflects on her experiences at Cambridge, talks abouther interest in Darwin's geological specimens and considerswhat Darwin would make of the biodiversity loss currently taking place aroundthe globe.

This week's Spotlight on Science Writers focuses on Paul Fleischman, author of Eyes Wide Open: Going behind the Environmental Headlines.

The meeting will feature a three-day symposium on the science, history, and conservation of the Galápagos Islands, plus sessions on climate change, health disparities, STEM education, and more.

Teachers can now create online tests using a new feature at an innovative Web site from AAAS that compiles national data on what students know about key science concepts.