National Geographic : 1997 Jan
Committee for Research and Exploration Two years ago National Geo graphic Society grantee Mary Miller of Yale University re ported on the first stage of her work in using infrared photog raphy and computer enhance ment to reconstruct the 1,200 year-old Maya murals of Bonampak, Mexico. Now, with new grants from the Society's Committee for Research and Exploration and two foundations, Miller is completing her task of making what was so long hidden once again visible, not only to mem bers of the Society but to all the world as well. In a sense the task of reveal ing the unseen is a common thread among the dedicated scientists supported during the past year by the Committee for Research and Exploration. Awarding nearly 3.5 million dollars in grants to 200 field projects, the committee mobi lized a small army of scientists whose discoveries often amazed and delighted. Of the many researchers funded by the Society during the past year, only a handful can be named in this sum mary. All, however, are prov ing themselves invaluable to our understanding of the world around us. As the millennium ap proaches, the Committee for Research and Exploration plans exciting initiatives aimed at investigating our planet and the impact of humans, both past and present, on its deli cately balanced environment.