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 Good News: SRU graduate heads Virginia Museum of Natural History 



SRU Good News for Feb. 18, 2010


SRU graduate heads Virginia Museum of Natural History

Joe Keiper, a 1993 Slippery Rock University master's degree graduate in health, physical education and parks and recreation graduate, has been named executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History at Martinsville

                He had previously served as director of science and curator of invertebrate zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. More than 80 applicants sought the post.

                Keiper earned his undergraduate degree at Bloomfield College and his doctorate in biology at Kent State University. He has undertaken post-doctoral studies at the University of California-Riverside.

               The museum focuses on the uniqueness of Virginia's natural history, rather than  natural history in general, according to the Martinsville Bulletin online.

                Keiper is expected to bring high energy and new ideas for the museum's future along with expansion of research and education as part of new programming.


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