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Holiday Hours

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History will be closed the following days for the holiday season:

  • Thanksgiving Day (November 23)
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • New Year’s Eve (December 31)
  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
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Hiring for Sternberg Science Camps

Elementary Camps Instructor

Description
The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is hiring an experienced science education professional for the job of Lead Instructor for its 2018 elementary science day camps. These camps focus on topics in the earth and life sciences, and are meant to engage students in a fun, informal learning atmosphere. The instructor will work with the Sternberg Museum Education Director to build on previous camp program activities, and create new lessons and activities.

Each program contains a ~$200 budget for materials. With nine elementary camps total, there is a budget of approximately $1,800 available to facilitate these programs. All material purchases are made through the Sternberg Education Department.

The instructor will have 1-2 program assistants to help manage students, run activities, and engage with program content. All organization and content-including materials, print jobs, lesson objective outlines, etc must be completed by May 31st, 2018. Printings can be done at the Museum prior to camps beginning. A shared Google Drive folder will be available to store and organize digital materials and organizational outlines for the programs. Once the summer camps begin on June 3rd, the Education Director will have far less availability to assist with program design and materials purchase.

Camps run from 9am-3pm. Staff are expected to be onsite at the Museum by 8am to set up materials.

Instructor Duties
1) Supervising of no more than twelve elementary school-age students per camp program; 2) Organizing materials for lessons and activities prior to the programs; 3) Content delivery to students; 4) Working with the Education Director to design and organize lessons and activities for each camp program; 5) Maintaining a safe, positive learning environment for all students in the camps; 6) Answer student questions during lessons and activities; 7) Act as a positive role model for students; 8) Greeting students + parents/guardians in the lobby to sign in students when they are dropped off; 9) Meeting parents/guardians in the lobby at the end of the camp to sign students out. 10) Mitigate, address, and otherwise deal with student behavior concerns. Protocols for addressing behavior concerns will be provided in advance by the Education Director. 11) Other necessary duties relevant to the execution of the camps not specifically listed in this advertisement, relevant to program quality and student well-being.

How to apply
Applicants must submit a one page cover letter outlining their interest in the position, an up to date CV/resume no longer than two pages, and three professional references. All FHSU Sternberg Museum hires must undergo a formal background check as part of the hiring process.

Application Deadline
All application materials must be turned in by Wednesday, December 20th. Notifications for interviews will go out no later than December 27th.

Pay
This position pays $2,000.00 distributed over two 2-week state of Kansas pay periods.

Dates
Week 1: June 18th, 20th, & 22nd
Week 2: June 25th, 27th, & 29th
Week 3: July 9th, 11th, 13th

Please contact Education Director David Levering with questions about this position.

Email: DALevering@FHSU.edu
Phone: 785-639-5249

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Brian Jarvi’s African Menagerie

The backstory of AFRICAN MENAGERIE consists of a calculated subtext intended to dramatize the urgency of the moment to save not just the great iconic species of Africa, but also wildlife across all of our shrinkingly-diverse enironmentally-threatened planet.

In Brian Jarvi’s African Menagerie, a museum tour produced by David J. Wagner LLC, “seven large panoramic panels form a sweeping, grand panorama of the African savannah and the animal kingdom contained therein.” Jarvi’s work was featured in an article by Todd Wilkinson written for the MAHB Art Blog: Wildlife Art as a Rallying Cry in a Time of Mass Extinction. You can learn more about African Menagerie through the exhibition prospectus.

The tour will be taking African Menagerie to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History at Fort Hays State University in Kansas from October 1- December 21, 2017. From there it will continue on to museums in New Jersey and Ohio.

 

 
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New Rat Species Described

New Rat Species Described; Paratype identified in Sternberg Mammal Collection

A new paper published in the Journal of Mammalogy describes a new species of big-eared climbing rat from Chiapas, Mexico. The new species, Ototylomys chiapensis Porter et al. 2017, the La Pera big-eared climbing rat, is characterized by a host of unique morphological and molecular characters. Based on these data, the specimens collected from 11 kilometers northwest of Berriozabál at Pazo de Petrόleo were identified as unique and different from the previously described Ototylomys phyllotis. The Sternberg specimen (FHSM 9092), which includes both skin and skull, was included in the species description (paratype) and currently is the only known individual collected outside of the type locality described above. This specimen, originally identified as O. phyllotis, was collected in 1970, 26 kilometers north of Ocozocoautla. It is suggested that this species could be critically endangered due to only two known localities and the reduction in the extent and quality of the habitat at or near these locations. The authors located this specimen in the Sternberg mammalogy collection by searching VertNet, a global database with which Sternberg shares its data in order to make the data more accessable and maximize the use of our invaluable collections. This is just one case of the value of scientific collections in our museum, as well as those around the world.

Ototylomys

Citation:

 

Porter, C.A., N.E. Beasley, N. Ordόñez-Garza, L.L. Lindsey, D.S. Rogers, N. Lewis-Rogers, J.W. Sites, Jr., and R.D Bradley. 2017. A new species of big-eared climbing rat, genus Ototylomys (Cricetidae: Tylomyinae), from Chiapas, Mexico. Journal of Mammalogy 98 (5), pp. 1310-1329.

 

Curtis J. Schmidt

Zoological Collections Manager

 

Photograph of the paratype of the La Pera big-eared climbing rat (Ototylomys chiapensis Porter et al. 2017) housed in the Sternberg mammal collection.

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KAS – 2017

  April 7-8 2017

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Welcome to the 2017 KAS meeting at Fort Hays State University! We are proud to host the meeting this year and are excited to see you there!

Opening Dinner

This year the opening dinner will be held at Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum of Natural History. The dinner will be Friday evening at 7:00pm.!

The museum is located at 3000 Sternberg Dr. in Hays.

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Meeting

Keynote Speakers – TBA

The meetings will be on the FHSU campus at Tomanek Hall.

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Abstracts

Let us know what you would like to present! Please submit your abstract using the button below .

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Registration

To register for the meeting and join us this year, just click on the button below and fill out the form.

Field Trips

We will be offering field trips throughout the afternoon on Friday. Choose your own adventure!  All of the field trips will end before the opening dinner.

4-6pm Collections tours of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

  • 4-5pm will be a zoology collections tour with Curtis Schmidt – Zoology Collections Manager
  • 5-6pm will be a tour of the paleontology collections with Dr. Laura Wilson – Curator of Paleontology and Assistant Professor of Geosciences.

2:30-4pm Bird watching at Cheyenne Bottoms

  • With Curtis Wolf – Manager of Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

3-5pm Water issues in Hays, Kansas

  • With Dr. Kenneth Neuhauser – Professor of Geosciences

11am-5pm Paleontology field trip to the historic Fish-Within-a-Fish site,

  • With Mike Everhart, Adjunct Curator of Paleontology at the Sternberg Museum.
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Darwin Day at the Sternberg Museum

FREE DAY at the Sternberg Museum! This Sunday February 12 from 1-5pm!

Join us at the Sternberg Museum for 5 family friendly topics: Natural Selection, Mutation, Migration, Sexual Selection, and Evolution. We will have examples and information at stations and presentations set up as well as games and activities!

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FREE Day! Darwin Day

FREE DAY at the Sternberg Museum! This Sunday February 12 for 1-5pm!

Join us at the Sternberg Museum for 5 different topics: Natural Selection, Mutation, Migration, Sexual Selection, and Evolution. We will have examples and information at stations and presentations set up as well as games and activities!

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Bee-lieve It Or Not!

Bee-lieve It or Not!

The Secret Lives of Honey Bees

January 28 – April 2, 2017

Exhibit highlights:

    • Learn what makes a honey bee a honey bee
    • Discover why pollination is important
    • Read about threats to honey bees
    • Play a video game and learn who is a pollinator
    • Uncover the differences between bees and wasps
    • Learn about honey and beeswax

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Beginning Beekeeping Classes

Print and fill out the registration form and bring it in to the museum or call today to pre-register! Registration will reserve your spot and classes are filling up fast so HURRY UP!

February 18 – 19 and 25 – 26, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$10.00 registration fee, $5.00 for Sternberg Museum Members

Course will be taught in two part intervals, parts 1 on Saturdays and part 2 on Sundays. You do not need to take each part in order – (example, if you can make Sunday Feb. 19, but not Saturday Feb. 18, you can participate in part 1 the following weekend).  The course will be held at the Sternberg Museum in the Engel Education Classroom on the 3rd floor.

The course is basic in nature, with a reasonable amount of details to get you a good understanding of getting started with keeping bees in central/western Kansas. 

We will discuss:

  1. Beekeeping tools and equipment
    2. Hive components
    3.  Locating your hives
    4.  Installing bees and inspecting their progress
    5.  Basic pest management
    6.  Progressing with the hive from late winter/early spring through fall
    7.  Hobby and business opportunities
    8.  Membership in State and local bee associations

We will not discuss:

  1. Top Bar Hive management
    2. Warre Hive management
    3.  Honey Flow Hive
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Summer Science Camps Survey

Please take just a few minutes to tell us what you think about the science camps we are currently offering as well as what camps you would like to see in the future! We want to make sure the best camps are offered based on your opinions and the wants of you  and/or your kids!

How interested are you or your child/student in our Sternberg Museum Summer Science Camps?

How interested would you be in a 3-4 day Paleontology or Biology Camp, in the state of Kansas, if we were to offer it?

In a 1 week Paleontology or Biology Camp in the state of Kansas?

In a 2 week Paleontology or Biology Camp in the state of Kansas?

In a 2 week Paleontology or Biology Camp outside of the state of Kansas?

In a 2 week International High School Biology Camp? (Outside of the U.S.)

How interested are you in applying for financial aid for any of the above camps if it is available? (This could be for partial or complete coverage of the associated costs)