Ramblings about what I encounter within the realm of the geosciences, as well as the occasional rant about nonsense.

08 June 2009

Save the Museum!!!

The University of Wyoming is planning on cutting their budget. On the chop is the Geological Museum located on its campus [For more, ReBecca has been covering this here and here]. There is a petition that is being put together to save this institution. The text reads:
Due to budget cuts at the University of Wyoming, the president and provost have decided to close the Geological Museum and let the two staff positions there be terminated (museum director Brent Breithaupt and a part-time secretary). The University of Wyoming Geological Museum in Laramie functions to support both public education and scientific research.

The University of Wyoming Geological Museum in Laramie functions to support both public education and scientific research. Wyoming is rich in geologic treasures and the Museum presents to the visitor some glimpse of this geologic diversity. Housing more than 50,000 cataloged fossil, rock, and mineral specimens, it is an important source of information for researchers throughout the world.

Please feel free to write the following people regarding these job cuts and the potential loss of the museum:

Tom Buchanan
Office of the President
Dept. 3434
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
tombuch@uwyo.edu

Myron Allen
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dept. 3302
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
allen@uwyo.edu
This act of anti-intellectualism is astonishing to me. The University of Wyoming's Geological Museum is one of the few places where you can see an actual Apatosaur skeleton on display. If I recall, it is also the largest near complete example (A. ajax if memory serves me). They also were involved with 'Big Al' which was made into a 'Walking with Dinosaurs' special. Plus it is a superb public outreach program offered by the University of Wyoming. Smaller museums, like the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, are far superior at interacting with the public than giant institutions like the AMNH. It won't look good for the University of Wyoming to destroy such a positive public face.
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Disclaimer: Brent Breithaupt is a friend of mine. However, I imagine he is a friend of the ENTIRE paleo-community as well, so one lone seds guy shouldn't disrupt the balance too much. I still think closing museums, like the UWGM, will damage the local community, and the University's reputation, in ways that aren't being considered.

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Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM

Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM
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