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New curator hopes to make museum topnotch

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SANDRA L. Yee, newly hired curator of the Guam and Chamorro Educational Facility, said she hopes to prepare the curation portion of the museum to be “one of the premier go-to research laboratories in the Pacific, attracting historians, scientists and other researchers from throughout the world.”

Joseph Artero-Cameron, president of the Department of Chamorro Affairs, announced Tuesday that he had hired Yee for the position.

Most recently, Yee was senior archaeologist and principal investigator for SWCA Environmental Consultants Guam office, a position she assumed in 2011. Prior to that, she was Guam office manager and supervisory archaeologist for International Archaeological Research Institute Inc.

Before coming to Guam in 2003, Yee was site anthropologist and site manager/museum manager for SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, and assistant curator of anthropology for the Dayton Museum of Natural History from 1998 to 2002.

On Guam, she provided services for projects including the Ylig Bay archaeological site, Merizo Burial Recovery, Andersen Air Force Base overview survey, Andersen artifact inventory update and collection, Apra Harbor Navy McCool School, Navy buildup on Tinian and Guam, Joint Guam Buildup for EIS for U.S. Marines relocation from Okinawa and the Agana Bridge burial recovery.

“I am very excited to be able to contribute to the revitalization of the preservation and education goals of our museum,” she said. “I aim to have state-of-the-art cataloging of all the valuable cultural materials collected over the centuries that record the history of Guam and the Marianas. Storing and maintaining valuable collections in an environmentally safe and efficiently recoverable storage facility is the basic goal of a museum curator.”

Yee holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and geography, and a master’s degree in cultural geography from the University of Hawaii.

“I look forward to the coming years, when we can once again present the cultural history of Guam to our children through the physical artifacts recovered through decades of archaeological preservation, recovery, and study,” Yee said. “We have the materials and potential to be a world-renowned museum and research facility.”

Yesterday, Artero-Cameron issued a notice of above-step recruitment, indicating that he is petitioning the Department of Administration to authorize pay for the position at a salary above that designated in the government of Guam pay scale. He said the authorized pay is $28,000 and he is petitioning to pay $43,000.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the mean annual wage for a museum curator is $54,600. Artero-Cameron said he had been trying to fill the position for nine months.

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