This was originally sent to me due to my entomological interests but it totally is something that will potentially effect us and we should be aware of it. I know there is some trepidation about signing these online petitions and I have my own as well but I think this is a serious enough issue that it is worth the risk and time. These museum and labs do a lot of good work we never see or hear about and deserve all the support we can give them.
Hello fellow ant scientists,
I am not sure if you have all heard, but we are in the process of severe financial and administrative restructuring which will likely negatively impact our scientific collections and research at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA.
I am reaching out to all of you to please consider signing the following petition and "liking" any of the comments you agree with that have been posted by others including Edward O. Wilson and many, many more. In fact we have almost 10,000 signatures already, but we are hoping to get this number up before we present the petition to our new President and members of our Board of Trustees very soon.
https://www.change.org/petitions/protec ... ry-chicago
Please send this petition around to as many other scientists and museum supporters you know. We really need all of your help.
For more information on this restructuring process and the potential implications to science at the Field Museum, please see the following articles (this may even include relaxing tenure to be able to fire tenured cutators):
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 9773.story
http://www.nature.com/news/chicago-s-fi ... ce-1.12105
Thank you very much in advance for your support!
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