I appreciate that this story is doing the rounds big time in the palaeoblog world just now, but I feel that all of us who can contribute and help in any way have a duty to do so. For those of you who may be unaware of the situation, a short recap may help.
The University of Wyoming has included the Geological Museum in a group of budget cuts as a result of a decrease in funding by the state. 45 people across the University lost their jobs, including the Director of the Geological Museum Brent Breithaupt and the part-time museum secretary.
This could be the thin end of the wedge and detrimental for palaeontology as a whole and should not be allowed to happen. Many of us in the palaeoworld are spreading the word and you can help by getting as many people as possible (family, friends etc) by signing the petition below:
The cuts are due on July 1st 2009, so hurry up, sign up and spread the word!
And don't think that this situation is not being observed elsewhere. Remember that the recession is world wide and if we can make a difference now then maybe we can stop other institutions being targeted, both in the USA and elsewhere across the globe.
Finally, a big thank you goes to ReBecca of Dinochick fame who has done a brilliant job in championing the cause and spreading the word. You can find further details here: