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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 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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Four Fascinating Finds in the Rare Book Room, from Audubon to Ole Worm

The Field Museum’s collection includes many different objects: dinosaur bones, dried plants, and ancient artifacts, just to name a few. But there’s another fascinating collection here that you may not expect: books. They’re located in an active, working library, where researchers can make appointments to pore through books and documents on a wide range of subjects.

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