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Deborah Feher, Museum Registration Systems Coordinator, Entomology

  • Phone:   202-633-0988
  • Fax:   202-786-2894
  • E-mail Address:
  • USPS Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 165
    Washington, DC 20013-7012
  • Public Carrier Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th & Constitution NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0165
  • Education:
    BA (Studio Art) University of Maryland
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Position Description, Background and Interests:
System Administrator of the Transactions Management (computer registration) system for tracking incoming and shipping outgoing specimens.  (Data in, data out). There are twenty employees in Entomology who use this system to enter, on average, eleven hundred transactions every year, tracking sometimes as many as a million specimens.  Don’t worry, there are still paper files.

Related work history: 

Scientific Illustrator (contract and appointments): National Institutes of Health; Smithsonian Institution (Invertebrate Zoology); Museum of Perth (Australia); Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (Smithsonian Museum Support Center).  Museum Technician: Smithsonian (Entomology’s mosquito unit).

Other Education/Work Experience/Background:
Minors in Art History/Zoology; Workshops/certificates from Guild of Natural Science Illustrators; graduate studies Philosophy (aesthetics, evolution of scientific thought), University of Maryland; 2nd year Architecture/Engineering, University of Western Australia. Protocol Officer: Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.; H & R Block Tax Preparer: Perth, Australia; Bartender/hostel: Bruges, Belgium; Clerk: Blockbuster Video, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.; Psychiatric-Aide, Chestnut Lodge, Rockville, MD.  Back-packing and travels in U.S., Europe, South Asia, Australia. 

Other interests (you know there has to be): 
Main: Over twenty years in the practice of Chinese internal arts (Tai Chi Chuan, Ba Gua Zhang, Lui He Ba Fa, and various  qigong).
Also, (much more than twenty years) enjoy going to the cinema and reading books (as well as participating in a book club).





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