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Spotlight: Collections Manager Gabe Santos

Gabriel Santos began work on September 1st as the Alf Museum‘s first ever collections manager, an endowed position funded by a generous gift from Gretchen Augustyn and family. Gabe will be working closely with Augustyn Family Curator of Paleontology Dr. Andy Farke to catalog, organize, and care for our ever expanding collection of scientifically significant fossils. Continue reading

Paleontologist and Educator Honored by Alf Museum

One of the most important facets of the Alf Museum is its integration into The Webb Schools, and the extensive opportunities that students have to work with real paleontologists. This is a powerful educational model, and one that deserves to be used more widely. Yet, it is difficult to implement because professional paleontologists are often hesitant to engage in these kinds of efforts with K-12 students for a variety of reasons: lack of time, lack of recognition of its importance by universities, or a shortage of funding, among others. In order to encourage and recognize endeavors outside of Webb, the trustees at the Alf Museum have implemented the Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education. It honors a paleontologist who pursues outstanding original scientific research as well as outstanding education and outreach at the primary and secondary school (K-12) levels in the spirit of Ray Alf. Continue reading