Robert Barchi, President of Rutgers University & VP Richard Edwards: Do not close the Rutgers Geology Museum!
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Better to read this excerpt from the email I received: "We can view the museum as a means of anchoring Rutgers in the NJ community. Interactions between universities and the states they are serving are paramount to their success in the communities. In other words teaching Rutgers students is not enough to anchor a university in a community, because it can offer so much more: education medium for children and adults, particularly on matters that can be difficult to grab fully (such as geological time). The museum should not be dismantled, and activities should be kept as in the past, or developed further as it used by students and community members. The new management team should be applauded for transforming the museum into the 21st century while still maintaining its historical charm. Bill Selden pointed out too, that for many years the GM has presented outstanding programs show-casing research at Rutgers and in particular in Earth Sciences. He writes: 'From the Rutgers Geology Faculty to Rutgers Alumnus Matthew Golembeck, the Chief scientist on NASA's Mars Rover mission, we the public have had the opportunity to see and hear directly from Rutgers scientists. Those of us with an intense interest in the Earth Sciences are thrilled to be able to ask questions and share in the excitement of discovery. The Geology Museum makes the academic programs accessible to us'."
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