Blogs & Videos: Women in Science

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Women in Science and Art: Rebecca Banasiak, Mammals Collections Assistant and Preparator

We're highlighting women in science and art at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from Rebecca Banasiak, collections assistant, mammal preparator, and scientific illustrator: How did you get to where you are?

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Women in Science: Corrie Moreau, Evolutionary Biologist and Entomologist

We're highlighting women in science at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from MacArthur Associate Curator of Insects Dr. Corrie Moreau: How did you get to where you are?

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Women in Art: Ann Prazer, Mountmaker

We're highlighting women artists at The Field Museum and exploring the intersection of art and science. Hear from Ann Prazer, exhibitions mount shop crew leader and mountmaker: How did you get your start as an artist? I have a BFA in Studio Art, with a concentration in both painting and photography. I’ve worked at art galleries, for photographers, and stumbled into this job because I had metalworking experience and had taken classes in museum studies. What does your job entail? What’s your day-to-day like? 

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Women in Science: Lesley de Souza, Conservation Biologist

We're highlighting women in science at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from Lesley de Souza, conservation biologist in the Andes-Amazon Program: How did you get to where you are?

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Women in Science: Alaka Wali, Curator of North American Anthropology

We're highlighting women in science at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from Alaka Wali, curator of North American anthropology collections:       How did you get to where you are?  

The Flapper and the Panda

In 1936, Ruth Harkness - a dressmaker from New York -- set off to China in search of the rare, elusive Giant Panda. Her goal? Bring one back alive to share the wonder of China's wildlife with the western world. She became the first explorer to do so, and so set in motion a public fascination with these creatures that continues 80 years later.
Additional images c/o Ruth Harkness, "The Lady and the Panda," 1938, and the Chicago Zoological Society. 

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