Senate of Scientists Project (National Museum of Natural History)

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In 1963, the Senate of Scientists was established by the scientific research staff of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to address their professional concerns. Modeled on faculty senates in universities, the Senate was structured to function as a source of collective opinion outside normal administrative channels. The Senate is managed by a council consisting of a chairman, chairman-elect, secretary, and one councilor elected by each curatorial department. Full membership in the Senate is restricted to scientists employed by NMNH, but associate membership is extended to research associates of the Museum and to scientists located in NMNH but employed by other government agencies. Significant issues addressed by the Senate have included issues of Smithsonian governance, library service, parking policies, off-mall storage and curatorial facilities, technical assistance, automated data processing facilities, funding for systematics research, and publications policies. In addition, the Senate has served as a stimulus to collegiality within NMNH, through its publications, seminars, teas, and dinner forums.

Chairmen of the Senate of Scientists have included Gordon D. Gibson, 1963-1964; Richard S. Boardman, 1964-1965, 1978-1979; W. Donald Duckworth, 1965-1966; Roy S. Clarke, Jr., 1966-1967; Francis M. Hueber, 1967-1968; Clifford Evans, Jr., 1968-1970; Martin A. Buzas, 1970-1971; Clyde F. E. Roper, 1971-1972; Thomas R. Waller, 1972-1973; W. Duane Hope, 1973-1974; Erle G. Kauffman, 1974-1975; Donald J. Ortner, 1975-1976; Richard H. Eyde, 1976-1977; Meredith L. Jones, 1977-1978; Jack Warren Pierce, 1979-1980; Herman J. Viola, 1980-1981; W. Ronald Heyer, 1981-1982; David L. Pawson, 1982-1983; William G. Melson, 1983-1984; Richard W. Thorington, 1984-1985; George R. Zug, 1985-1986; Raymond B. Manning, 1986-1987; Martin A. Buzas, 1987-1988; Brian Frederick Kensley, 1988-1989; Paul Michael Taylor, 1990-1991; V. A. Funk, 1991-1992; James N. Norris, 1992-1993; Wayne N. Mathis, 1993-1994; Scott L. Wing, 1994-1995; Conrad Labandeira, 1995-1996; Sorena S. Sorensen, 1996-1997; Melinda A. Zeder, 1997-1998; Paula T. DePriest, 1998-1999; M. G. Harasewych, 1999-2000; and William W. Fitzhugh, 2000- .

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Agency History. Record 229405

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associatedWith Boardman, Richard S. person
associatedWith Buzas, Martin A. person
associatedWith Clarke, Roy S. person
associatedWith DePriest, Paula T. person
associatedWith Duckworth, W. Donald. person
associatedWith Evans, Clifford, 1920-1981 person
associatedWith Eyde, Richard H. person
associatedWith Fitzhugh, William W., 1943- person
associatedWith Funk, V. A. 1947- person
associatedWith Gibson, Gordon D. 1915-2007 person
associatedWith Harasewych, M. G. person
associatedWith Heyer, W. Ronald. person
associatedWith Hope, W. Duane, 1935- person
associatedWith Hueber, Francis M. person
associatedWith Jones, Meredith L. person
associatedWith Kauffman, Erle G. 1933- person
associatedWith Kensley, Brian Frederick. person
associatedWith Labandeira, Conrad Christopher, 1950- person
associatedWith Manning, Raymond B., 1934- person
associatedWith Mathis, Wayne N. person
associatedWith Melson, William G., 1938- person
associatedWith Norris, James N. person
associatedWith Ortner, Donald J. person
associatedWith Pawson, David L. 1938- person
associatedWith Pierce, J. W. 1927- person
associatedWith Roper, Clyde F. E., 1937- person
associatedWith Sorensen, Sorena Svea, 1956- person
associatedWith Taylor, Paul Michael, 1953- person
associatedWith Thorington, Richard W. person
associatedWith Viola, Herman J. person
associatedWith Waller, Thomas R. person
associatedWith Wing, Scott L. person
associatedWith Zeder, Melinda A. person
associatedWith Zug, George R., 1938- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States

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Active 1963



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