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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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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.

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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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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)

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Sternberg Museum’s Fundraising Campaign for New Prep Lab

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T.rex broke out his moves at the Inaugural Gala

On April 1, 2016, the Sternberg Museum launched a fundraising campaign to raise money to renovate the fossil preparation lab at the Museum.

To kick things off, we brought in world famous paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner to give public lecture on the Fort Hays State University campus.  Dr. Horner gave an enthralling talk, “Dinosaurs of the Past, the Present, and the Future”, to an enthusiastic audience of all ages. During his talk, he explained how our view of dinosaurs has changed over the past 100 years, and how our view of dinosaurs will change in the very near future thanks to genetic engineering. Much of the research presented on dinosaur biology and behavior is the result of Dr. Horner’s impressive career, and a result of his involvement with the Jurassic Park franchise. After his 60-minute talk, Dr. Horner stayed for another hour, answering every question from the audience!

The following evening, the Museum hosted its Inaugural Museum Gala; Dr. Horner joined us for a second night as the special guest of honor.  Featuring dinner, drinks, dancing, live animals, a silent auction, and demonstrations, it was a night to remember! Museum members, FHSU faculty and staff, and community members came out to support the Museum and have a ball. With all proceeds from both nights benefitting the prep lab renovations, we are on our way to an enlarged and improved space for hands-on learning, visitor interactions, student training, hosting workshop, and conducting scientific research! If you couldn’t join us for the Gala this year, we hope to see you next year – it will be a ROARing good time!

To find out more about the Prep Lab fundraiser, visit our website or contact Curator of Paleontology, Dr. Laura Wilson.

 

 

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Adventures on the Nature Trails!

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The pond is full of wildlife in the spring and summer, including birds, insects, fish, frogs, and even turtles!

The first signs of spring are in the air, and that means the Howard Reynolds Nature Trails are stirring back to life. The nature trails are a great place to come relax, let the kids explore (and burn some energy), and get some fresh air. As we get further into spring and summer, all kinds of plants and animals will begin to arrive, emerge, and become active. From the gorgeous flowers to the birds, bugs, and lizards, the nature trails at the Sternberg Museum are a great place to spend some time outside as the weather warms up!

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A stick insect found on the nature trails

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Museum Volunteer Opportunitites

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History offers many exciting and unique volunteer opportunities for members of our community.  Current volunteer possibilities include: Education assistants and on call tour guides, exhibits and archival work, and light administrative work.
The museum volunteer program is open to all interested individuals, retirees, working persons, or students. The only requirement is that volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Younger volunteers may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our volunteers come to us with a diversity of skills and interest. Whether you have an interest in natural history or just enjoy working with people, there are numerous opportunities to expand your horizons. Experience is not required. We will ensure that you have the training and support needed.
Contact Museum Outreach Coordinator, Ian Trevethan at (785) 639-4738 or email ijtrevethan@fhsu.edu for more information.

 

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Galápagos

Galápagos

This exhibition explores the science and sensation of the Galápagos—the “cradle of evolutionary biology.” This remote archipelago inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, serves as living laboratory for ongoing scientific research, and became the very first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Sternberg Museum hosts the North American premiere of a new exhibit developed by the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Opening Fall 2016.


Visit the Galápagos Islands

Once you’ve seen the exhibit, go see the Galápagos Islands themselves. Join our special 10-day eco-travel adventure. You’ll hike, bike, kayak & snorkel your way to buy drugs from Canadian pharmacy on topcanadianpharmacy.org, visiting each of the 4 inhabited islands. Stay in quaint hotels and dine in local restaurants off the beaten path. Climb an active volcano, explore an ancient lava tunnel and learn about the delicate environment from an authorized Naturalist Guide. View unforgettable landscapes and enjoy many up-close encounters with diverse wildlife. Departing in Spring 2017.