Report of Regents Cultural Education Committee to The Board of Regents
Regent Roger Tilles, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report. Your Committee on Cultural Education Committee had its scheduled meeting on February 12, 2013.
In attendance were committee members: Regents Tilles, Bendit, Rosa Cea, Jackson Cottrell, and Brown. Absent: Regent Dawson.
In addition to CE Committee Members, in attendance were: Chancellor Tisch, Vice Chancellor Bottar, Regents Tallon and Cashin and Commissioner King and Executive Deputy Commissioner Berlin.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
Chair’s Remarks: Regent Tilles welcomed everyone and opened the meeting. Regent Tilles briefly reported on a meeting with Museum staff that was held on February 11, indicating that staff are getting a lot of support from the Department for the application and administration of research grants. Regent Tilles also reported that the Museum Advisory Committee will be meeting in New York at the Museum of Natural History on March 1. Regent Tilles provided Deputy Commissioner Cannell with a number of items that he would like to add to the agenda for the Advisory Council meeting.
Focus Presentation on Ornithological Research and Education Activities
Dr. Jeremy Kirchman, Curator of Ornithology, provided a presentation on the Museum’s ornithology collection, how it is used and how it is maintained. He also spoke about the recent acquisition of elements of the Eaton collection and how some specimens from this collection are being used to support research in the genetic diversity of the spruce grouse population in the Adirondack Mountains. Members of the committee commented on the excellent presentation style and useful and relevant information that Mr. Kirchman provided.