Darwin science at the American Museum of Natural History


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Jay Holmes, Senior Coordinator of Urban Advantage Professional Development, American Museum of Natural History

The Urban Advantage (UA) is a partnership between the Museum and 7 other science rich cultural institutions in New York City. UA helps teachers bring student centred science investigations to over 80,000 New York City middle school students. Jay designs, directs, and delivers courses for teachers in areas of earth science, ecology, and evolution.

Jay joined the American Museum in 1992 as a lecturer for the special exhibit "Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast." Since then he has been Coordinator of the Museum's After School Program for high school students, and advisor for the Museum's ecology club for teens: YouthCaN, a collaborative, international youth environmental education program. He also developed and implemented hands on activities for visitors in the Museum's Discovery Room before joining the UA team in 2004.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.
The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.