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UIS faculty member receives appointment to American Museum of Natural History

April 4, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Michael Lemke, associate professor of Biology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has received an appointment as Research Associate in the Invertebrates Division and the Center for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The appointment affords him the academic status of a researcher-in-residence at the museum.

Said Lemke, “It is a real honor to be appointed as a Research Associate at such a prestigious institute.”

In 2005, Lemke spent the spring and part of the summer at the AMNH while on sabbatical leave from UIS. Museum curator Rob DeSalle, a colleague of Lemke’s, noted, “During Mike’s earlier stay he was recognized as a valuable asset to AMNH’s new focus on microbiology.” Lemke’s credentials and work at the museum underwent faculty review there, and he received the appointment, which runs from February 2006 to June 2008 and has an option for renewal. 

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At UIS, Lemke’s research and teaching focus on aquatic microbial ecology. He was selected as a University Scholar in 2002-2003, and he is also a founding member and director of UIS’ Emiquon Field Station, which works in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy’s planned restoration of 7,000 acres of Illinois River floodplain.

The American Museum of Natural History, the largest natural history museum in the world, covers several city blocks and houses dozens of exhibition halls, research laboratories, teaching facilities, and a research library containing 485,000 volumes. Since the late 19th century the museum has fielded hundreds of research expeditions. Its exhibitions currently explore anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, geology, mineralogy, paleontology, and biology. AMNH employs 250 full time scientific researchers; only 75 to 100 research associates are appointed at any one time.

For more information, contact Lemke at 206-7339.
 

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