Sam Noble Museum curator receives national service award - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Sam Noble Museum curator receives national service award

Richard L. Cifelli (Source Sam Noble Museum) Richard L. Cifelli (Source Sam Noble Museum)

NORMAN, OK (KSWO) — Richard L. Cifelli, Ph.D., the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History’s curator of vertebrate paleontology, was honored with the prestigious Joseph T. Gregory Award for outstanding service to the welfare of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 

“This is a great honor,” Cifelli said after accepting the award at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City. “Within this society there’s a culture or a tradition of service. It’s everybody pitching in, so you’re part of a team.”

Randall L. Nydam, Ph.D., a professor of anatomy at Midwestern University in Arizona, wrote in his nomination letter about Cifelli’s tireless work to salvage collections that were improperly stored and on their way to being lost to neglect.

“He has been tremendously productive in his career, and the majority of what is known of early mammal evolution is largely based his numerous discoveries and contributions to the science,” Nydam said. “Even in light of this tremendous success, Rich has also always been an everyday guy. When meeting people, he always introduces himself as ‘Rich … Rich Cifelli,’ placing emphasis on being on a first-name basis with everyone. Rich is an excellent scientist, a valuable member of the vertebrate paleontology community, and a great person. The Joseph T. Gregory Award is one of many accolades he deserves.”

Copyright 2016 KSWO. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Oklahoma Bar Asked to Investigate Pruitt

    Oklahoma Bar Asked to Investigate Pruitt

    Thursday, March 23 2017 2:32 PM EDT2017-03-23 18:32:08 GMT
    Source OK.govSource OK.gov

    A national environmental group is urging the Oklahoma Bar Association to investigate former Attorney General and current EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. The organization believes Pruitt lied to senators during his confirmation hearing. According to KWTV, the Center for Biological Diversity and an OU law professor filed a formal complaint with the OBA alleging Pruitt showed “apparent carelessness with the truth."

    A national environmental group is urging the Oklahoma Bar Association to investigate former Attorney General and current EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. The organization believes Pruitt lied to senators during his confirmation hearing. According to KWTV, the Center for Biological Diversity and an OU law professor filed a formal complaint with the OBA alleging Pruitt showed “apparent carelessness with the truth."

  • Prospects dim for vote on GOP health bill in House

    Prospects dim for vote on GOP health bill in House

    Thursday, March 23 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-03-23 18:07:15 GMT
    Thursday, March 23 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-03-23 18:07:15 GMT

    A late-night meeting of moderate-leaning members Wednesday broke up without resolution or a deal as most lawmakers left out of side exits and avoided talking to reporters.

    A late-night meeting of moderate-leaning members Wednesday broke up without resolution or a deal as most lawmakers left out of side exits and avoided talking to reporters.

  • OK Senate approves teacher pay raise, gas tax

    OK Senate approves teacher pay raise, gas tax

    Thursday, March 23 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-03-23 17:40:23 GMT

    The Oklahoma state Senate has passed a bill to give teachers a pay raise. The bill would raise the price of gas and diesel to pay for road maintenance and use the money already put back for road projects instead on education. The problem that many in the Senate pointed out is that they don't have the power to authorize that move. 

    The Oklahoma state Senate has passed a bill to give teachers a pay raise. The bill would raise the price of gas and diesel to pay for road maintenance and use the money already put back for road projects instead on education. The problem that many in the Senate pointed out is that they don't have the power to authorize that move. 

Powered by Frankly