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Budget cuts at the Field Museum

by Ed Hagen last modified Jan 21, 2013 04:16 PM
Dear Colleagues & Friends: I am writing to you in your capacities as officers of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists to appeal for your support. You may have heard by now that deep cuts in the funding for science at The Field Museum have been publicly announced.

 

For background information, one useful commentary in the journal Nature can be found through the following link:

http://www.nature.com/news/chicago-s-field-museum-cuts-back-on-science-1.12105

A very forthright critique of the proposed cuts can be found under the following:

http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/joint-post-chicagos-field-museum-endangered-by-unwise-budget-cuts

If you have not already done so, I would urge you to provide much-needed support by signing the following online petition, which was posted on December 20 (just a week ago), roared past a thousand signatures in half a day and has now reached almost eight thousand:

https://www.change.org/petitions/protect-research-at-field-museum-of-natural-history-chicago

It will already be very worthwhile if you can simply sign the petition as individuals; but if you can find the time to write appended messages that would carry even more weight. Better yet, it would be invaluable if it were possible to organize some kind of official statement from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, combined if possible with a mailing to your membership to encourage additional individual votes and comments.

I and my colleagues will be very grateful for any support that you can provide in this hour of great need.

with all best wishes

Bob

-- 
Prof. Robert D. Martin
A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496
USA

Tel: 001-312-665-7809 (direct)
Fax: 001-312-665-7193

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