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10/12/2016

Sharing news of the passing of Bill Melson.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of William G. Melson, former senior curator in the Department of Mineral Sciences, on October 7, 2016, at the age of 77.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He joined the Department of Mineral Sciences in 1964, where he worked for over 40 years as a research geologist, including serving as Department Chairman and Curator-in-Charge of the Rock and Ore collections. He retired in 2003, later receiving his 50 year career service pin as Scientist Emeritus.

Bill’s passion in science was geology, and especially volcanology and volcanic rocks. His early interest involved rocks from the deep sea floor He witnessed and actively contributed to the plate tectonics revolution, making several important contributions to our understanding of the formation and evolution of Earth’s oceanic crust. One of his papers, written in 1968, put forth the idea that hydrothermal circulation at mid-ocean ridges metamorphoses the oceanic crust. A heretical idea at the time, ocean floor metamorphism is now recognized as one of the most dominant chemical reactions on Earth. In the 1970s, recognizing the enormous significance of the volcanic rocks being dredged at great expense from thousands of meters of water depth at mid-ocean ridges, Bill turned his attention to the chemistry of ocean floor basalts. Between 1976 and 2003, Bill and his research assistant Tim O’Hearn used the electron microprobe in the Department of Mineral Sciences to analyze the major element chemistry of thousands of ocean floor basalts. These analyses form the backbone dataset of PetDB - today’s major data repository for ocean floor chemistry and which is used every day by the oceanographic and geosciences communities. In the course of doing all these analyses, Bill built up the Sea Floor Rocks sub-collection, which today is one of the most studied of our sub-collections and contains more than 19,000 samples.

Eventually Bill moved on to field and geochemical studies of active volcanoes in island arcs (such as Tonga) and along the western margins of the Americas. Bill led a Smithsonian expedition of researchers in 1985 to Armero in Colombia immediately following the devastating eruption (est. 23,000 killed) of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. Most of his later career was focused on a single volcano in Costa Rica – Arenal – one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. Bill also accompanied Smithsonian archeologists to sites in East Africa, where volcanoes were a constant fact of life for early human settlements. Bill served on NASA’s Lunar Sample Analysis Planning Team (LSAPT), which oversaw the distribution of Moon rocks from NASA’s Apollo missions. His own early work on some of those samples eventually led him to co-author, with Brian Mason, the first-full length treatise on the subject entitled The Lunar Rocks. In his role as a volcanologist, he was a consultant to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB), which oversaw the planning of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Bill was keenly interested in bringing geology to the public, leading many educational programs, hikes and field trips for children and adults, including the Smithsonian Residents Program. Through Earthwatch, he took 150 volunteers to Arena Volcano. He even wrote a book on the geology of the local Appalachian Mountains, entitled Geology Explained: Fort Valley and Massanutten Mountains. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the Mineralogical Society of America, and the American Institute of Chemists.

Bill is survived by his wife Judy, his two daughters Mary and Amy, and his sister Mary Hahn of Savannah GA.
Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions on his behalf to: Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St. # 405, Winchester, VA 22601.

09/26/2016

Our friends in the Department of Botany are seeking someone to serve a short-term contract.

The individual will be tasked with importing digital records of specimens from the Botany conveyor mass digitization project. Transcription data will be assessed and compiled in to sets for processing. Transcription sets will be converted to standards of the NMNH EMu catalog for botanical records. Missing, partial or non-standard data will be resolved by hand or using SQL scripts and Access macros provided by the Department of Botany. Metadata will be conformed to EMu requirements.

If interested contact:

Sylvia Stone Orli
202-633-0911 / [email protected]

National Anthropological Archives
09/26/2016

National Anthropological Archives

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the National Anthropological Archives!

The National Anthropological Archives (NAA) at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Department of Anthropology is offering a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship that focuses on research within the NAA to establish methods, standards, and criteria for enhancing the discoverability of cultural anthropology data and materials within its holdings.

08/09/2016
New Media Specialist

* * * NMNH CAREER ALERT * * *


New Media Specialist
Smithsonian Institution

Work Schedule is Full-Time, Temporary NTE 1 year, but maybe extended based on availability of funds. - This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.

Opened Monday 8/8/2016
Closes Monday 8/22/2016

Salary Range: $52,668.00 to $68,465.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: IS-1001-09/09
Promotion Potential: 09
Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the United States.

Control Number: 446824200
Job Announcement Number: 16R-JW-300793-TRF-NMNH

Summary: This position is located in the Office of Exhibits (OE) at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The purpose of the position is to facilitate integration of innovative new media and digital technologies into exhibitions that include but are not limited to web, object-based media, social media, mobile, and digital interactivity with a purpose of enriching visitor experiences.

Duties

• Researches and introduces new media applications and technologies to Office of Exhibits that will enhance the overall visitor experience in the exhibit settings.
• Helps coordinate and implement creative digital projects and programs that create educational, interactive experiences in multiple contexts and platforms (web, mobile, social, exhibit interactive) for exhibits.
• Utilizes a combination of data sources and research techniques to measure, evaluate and report on effectiveness of new media audience engagement to inform user-experience planning and development.
• Updates exhibition-related content on NMNH website and plans for online resources/ develops online versions of content related to new exhibitions.
• Develops materials, reports and presentations related to new media engagement policies and best practices, and coordinates with other departments participating in online outreach (web, social, mobile, exhibit interactives).
• Serves as consultant on various exhibit teams and coordinates with necessary SI units and outside contractors and partners as needed regarding project content and most effective media digital approaches.

For more information visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446824200

This position is located in the Office of Exhibits (OE) at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The purpose of the position is to facilitate integration of innovative new media and digital technologies into exhibitions that include but are not limited to web, object-bas...

07/29/2016
Animal Keeper

* * * SMITHSONIAN CAREER OPENING * * *


Job Title: Animal Keeper
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Front Royal, VA
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Temporary not-to-exceed one year.
Opened: Tuesday 7/26/2016
Closes: Tuesday 8/16/2016
Salary Range: $18.49 to $21.58 / Per Hour
Series & Grade: OG-5001-05/05
Promotion Potential: 05
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
Control Number: 445718600
Job Announcement Number: 16R-LM-301830-TRF-NZP

This position is located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Front Royal) of the National Zoological Park (NZP). The employee is responsible for performing a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of cheetahs.

Duties: Performs a variety of duties that ensure the daily care of cheetahs in the collection.

• Actively participates in the training and enrichment programs for cheetahs.
• Receives, inspects, stores, prepares, and issues food and dietary supplements, forage, and bedding materials;
• Monitors cheetahs for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions; and reports observations.
• Connects with visitors/colleagues regarding animal natural history, conservation programs, natural habitats, status of cheetahs in the wild, care and feeding of cheetahs and other topics of interest.
• Assists professional and scientific personnel in carrying out studies of animal collections.

Qualifications: In order to be rated qualified, an applicant's overall experience and training must indicate possession of the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work requires the ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 100 pounds. The work also requires extended periods of standing, walking, bending, and stooping.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The work is performed indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. The incumbent is exposed to dust and to unpleasant odors and noises from the animals and to cleaning solutions and other chemicals. The work is performed on concrete floors and other hard surfaces. The work may be performed in closed or cramped spaces. The incumbent is exposed to bites, scratches, and animal waste, and may be exposed to animal parasites and zoonotic diseases.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS: The incumbent must receive immunizations to guard against zoonotic diseases and is subject to regular medical screening. The incumbent may be assigned to any eight hour shift and is subject to call at any time, including weekends and holidays. The incumbent is considered to be emergency personnel for purposes of being on call during government shutdowns or due to inclement weather, Code Red terrorism alerts, and other emergency situations, to ensure adequate animal care is provided as required.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.

For more information visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/445718600

This position is located at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Front Royal) of the National Zoological Park (NZP). The employee is responsible for performing a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of cheetahs.

06/02/2016
Nicolson, Dan - Biography

Sharing news with our extended NMNH community; we are very sad to report the Dan Nicolson died this morning (Thursday, 2 June 2016).

The Washington Biologists' Field Club has a nice bio available about Dan, for those interested.

http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/resshow/perry/bios/NicolsonDan.htm

Dan was born on September 5, 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up in Shenandoah, Iowa, where his parents ran the Henry Field’s Seed & Nursery Co. They also had a summer home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He graduated from Grinnell College and published his first paper on the milkweeds of Iowa w...

02/19/2016
Animal Keeper

* * * Smithsonian Job Alert * * *

Job Title: Animal Keeper (Primates)
Agency: Smithsonian Institution - National Zoological Park
Job Announcement Number: 16R-LG-301356-DEU-NZP
SALARY RANGE: $18.49 to $21.58 / Per Hour
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 to Wednesday, March 2, 2016
SERIES & GRADE: WG-5001-05
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 09
DUTY LOCATIONS: Washington DC
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

JOB SUMMARY: This position is located in the National Zoological Park (NZP). The employee is responsible for performing a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of primates (great/lesser apes, Old World monkeys and lemurs) and a few rodents and invertebrates.

DUTIES: Performs a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of primates, as well as a few rodents and invertebrates.

- Provides for the daily care of collection primates, rodents and invertebrates.
- Actively participates in the training and enrichment programs for collection primates, rodents, and invertebrates.
- Receives, inspects, stores, prepares, and issues food and dietary supplements, forage, and bedding materials.
- Monitors primates, rodents, and invertebrates for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions; and reports observations.
- Connects with visitors regarding animal natural history, conservation programs, natural habitats, care and feeding of primates, rodents, and invertebrates and other topics of interest.
- Assists professional and scientific personnel in carrying out studies of animal collections.

For more information visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/429849200

This position is located in the National Zoological Park (NZP). The employee is responsible for performing a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of primates (great/lesser apes, Old World monkeys and lemurs) and a few rodents and inverte…

01/19/2016

Message from NMNH Sant Director, Dr. Kirk Johnson:

It is with a very heavy heart that I share the sad news that Dr. Richard Vari passed away last night after a valiant fight against cancer.

The past year and half was quite difficult for Rich and his family, yet throughout it all he remained committed to NMNH, his research and post-docs, and science. I am extremely grateful for his service as Interim Associate Director for Science during this time. He was a source of thoughtful leadership and I deeply appreciated his wise counsel and friendship.

A graduate of New York University and the City University of New York, Rich began his career at the Smithsonian with postdoctoral fellowship in 1978. He joined the Department of Vertebrate Zoology in 1980 and was promoted to full Curator in 1987. He also served two terms as chairman. Over his long career, Rich named over 190 species and had five species named for him. Rich was a research associate at both the American Museum of Natural History and the Instituto de Limnologia in Plata, Argentina. Rich felt very strongly about service to the Institution, serving on committees when asked - one of the most influential being the task force on the Smithsonian redesign.

Rich took his role as a mentor to young scientists very seriously (he hosted 40 fellows while at NMNH) and also served on doctoral and master’s committees at numerous institutions on three continents. He was an active member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, as well as the Biological Society of Washington where he served as president from 1998-2000.

Please join me in keeping Rich’s wife Ann, and their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. We will share information about memorial opportunities as they become available.

Sincerely,

Kirk

Kirk Johnson
Sant Director

Anybody want to work at the National Zoo caring for our exotic birds?Job Title:  Animal Keeper (Animal Care, Exotic Bird...
01/15/2016
Animal Keeper

Anybody want to work at the National Zoo caring for our exotic birds?

Job Title: Animal Keeper (Animal Care, Exotic Birds)
Agency: Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number: 16R-LG-301269-DEU-NZP
SALARY RANGE: $18.49 to $21.58 / Per Hour
OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 to Wednesday, January 27, 2016
SERIES & GRADE: WG-5001-05
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 09
DUTY LOCATIONS: Washington DC
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

JOB SUMMARY: This position is located in the National Zoological Park (NZP). The purpose of this position is to contribute to the proper care, feeding, training, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of exotic birds.

DUTIES:
Performs a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of exotic birds.

- Provides for the daily care of exotic birds in the collection.
- Participates in the training and enrichment programs for exotic birds.
- Receives, inspects, stores, prepares, and issues food and dietary supplements, forage, and bedding materials;
- Monitors exotic birds for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions; and reports observations.
- Connects with visitors regarding animal natural history, conservation programs, natural habitats, status of elephants in the wild, care and feeding of exotic birds and other topics of interest.

For more information visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/426386700

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