[Taxacom] Announcement: Natural History Collections Management Training Program for Latin American and Caribbean Professionals

Shelton, Sally SHELTONS at si.edu
Thu Jul 19 12:13:00 CDT 2007

Natural History Collections Management Training Program for Latin American and Caribbean Professionals


The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, announces the establishment of a six-week training program in the management, preservation and use of natural history collections for professionals working in Latin American and Caribbean countries. This program, an initiative of the Director's Office and Museum's Latino Program and initiated by Acting Secretary Cristián Samper, is made possible through the generous support of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Mexico-North Research Network, Inc. The program will take place at the National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC, during the period from February 11 to March 21, 2008.


Created to strengthen technical and scientific cooperation between the National Museum of Natural History and Latin American and Caribbean countries, the program is designed to train colleagues working in public museums and non-profit research centers in best practices for managing, preserving, and utilizing natural history collections. Participants will work collaboratively with Museum staff to identify best practices that can be applied within the context of their home institution's mission, resources, and environmental conditions. The goal of the program is to provide training that will enable participants to return to their countries with the expert knowledge to strengthen their home institutions. 


In 2008, the program will support 10 participants.


Each participant will receive an award that will cover their travel from their country of origin to Washington, DC, and their lodging expenses in the DC metropolitan area. A living allowance will also be provided. Insurance costs will not be covered, but a medical emergency fund will be available.


Participants will be responsible for arranging any visas that may be necessary for their travel to the U.S. and for the cost of such visas.


For further information and forms, please visit www.mnh.si.edu/rc/cmtplacp/  If you have any questions, please contact Sally Shelton, Collections Officer.




Sally Y. Shelton, Collections Officer

MRC 106, Room 425

National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Institution

P. O. Box 37012

Washington, DC   20013-7012


phone 202.633.0835

fax 202.786.2328

email SheltonS at si.edu <mailto:SheltonS at si.edu> 





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