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RE: Interesting information in article on Feathered Dinosaurs at the ROM

If you wish to send an email to the reporter, you may send it via the
web master, with FOR  PETER CALAMAI in the subject:
webmaster@thestar.ca  That person will forwards the email to Calamai.

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D. 
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology 
and Chief Preparator 
Department of Earth Sciences 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
2001 Colorado Blvd. 
Denver, CO 80205 USA

ph: 303-370-6392/ or 6403 
fx: 303-331-6492 

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu] 
> On Behalf Of Dino Guy Ralph
> Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 11:16 AM
> To: MKIRKALDY@aol.com; dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Interesting information in article on Feathered 
> Dinosaurs at the ROM
> Mary Kirkaldy <MKIRKALDY@aol.com> wrote:
> > "Stephen and Sylvia are finally getting their doctorates, honorary 
> > ones from the California Academy of Sciences, the institute 
> that owns 
> > the original Deinonychus trio."
> >
> > Mary, who didn't know that the California Academy of 
> Sciences has a Ph.D.
> > granting program
> This is news to me.  Traditionally, we are a research 
> institution with a large specimen collection, and (except 
> during the current transition period) featuring a combined 
> planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum for the 
> public to experience.  We offer field trips, lectures, and 
> classes.  In spite of the name, I do not think of the 
> California Academy of Sciences as a university which offers a 
> degree program.  As a docent for the past nine years who has 
> also taken and taught classes at the Cal Academy, I should be 
> very surprised to learn that such programs exist here.  
> Rigorous on site California Academy of Sciences docent 
> training courses can qualify a trainee for college credit at 
> another institution, San Francisco State University if I 
> recall correctly, when additional paperwork and fees are submitted.
> The report is particularly puzzling in light of the fact that 
> we have no vertebrate paleontology department, and that our 
> executive director and senior scientist, Dr. Patrick 
> Kociolek, has publicly announced that consequently there can 
> be no justification for dinosaur displays in our 370 million 
> dollar "reimagined" natural history museum when it opens to 
> the public in 2008.  (See a general outline for the new 
> museum at 
> http://www.calacademy.org/geninfo/newsroom/releases/2001/proje
> ct_release0401.html).
> >From my vantage point it is apparent that current staff 
> members are not 
> >up
> to date on developments in vertebrate paleontology.  What 
> sort of Ph.D could we confer to Stephen and Sylvia Czerkas, 
> whose specialty is dinosaur science and art?
> Could it be that the report is not 100% accurate?  Perhaps we 
> awarded the Czerkas couple with honorary trusteeships or 
> fellowships, or perhaps members of our staff persuaded 
> another institution to award them with the honorary degree.
> --------
> "Dino Guy" Ralph W. Miller III
> Docent at the California Academy of Sciences proud member of 
> the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
> Send comments on the plans for our 2008 museum excluding dinosaurs to:
> ralph.miller@calacademy.org
> pkociolek@calacademy.org
> ctang@calacademy.org