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  • Peggie Stromberg
    This is happening alot, all over the country * Profile
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 12, 2009
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      PZ Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

      Another museum in danger

      Category: Communicating science
      Posted on: June 12, 2009 11:46 AM, by PZ Myers

      You can tell when the anti-intellectuals are in charge: they start throwing away investments in knowledge that took generations to build, all in the name of short-term economy. The latest instance: the state of Wyoming wants to shut down the University of Wyoming Geological Museum. It's already been starved down to a minimal (well, more like inadequate) staffing level, and now the state just wants to erase it completely.

      This doesn't make sense. A museum is a repository of accumulated information — if you discard it this year because you don't want to maintain it, you never get it back. It's gone. You can't decide at a later date when you're more flush that maybe you'll restore it, because you can't, you have to start anew, and hope that future legislatures are a little more far-sighted than present ones. It frustrates me immensely to see academic infrastructure demolished because some bean-counter would rather throw away money on some waste of resources like abstinence-only education or locking recreational marijuana smokers in jail.

      Read more about this travesty at Dinochick and Science Buzz, and sign the petitio


      Margaret (Peggie) Stromberg
      Executive Director
      Elgin Public Museum

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