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From bench to museum--an unlikely journey.

Yu K - Mol. Biol. Cell (2013)

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Affiliation: Living Systems, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA 94111-1456.

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I now work at the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum in San Francisco, directing the museum's Living Systems Department... The Exploratorium had recently been awarded a grant to develop a microscope facility where the public could control the microscopes to examine live specimens... The position described online was everything I was looking for—but that I did not know could exist in one job... Several months later, I found myself reporting to work as the one and only microscopist at the museum—a place that was at once a familiar childhood memory, yet completely foreign as a workplace... The learning curve was rather steep—not long after I started at the Exploratorium, a colleague and I wheeled a brand-new motorized stereo zoom microscope out onto the exhibit floor to try out with visitors... Our exhibits need to appeal to a range of visitors with diverse backgrounds and interests, so honoring the inherent beauty and “wow factor” of a biological sample viewed with a microscope became incredibly important... Every team member brings a critical expertise or skill to the project, and more often than not, works in some way with every other team member... Developing successful exhibits is also extremely challenging and is a skill unto itself... Seemingly simple exhibits at the Exploratorium are the result of months (sometimes years) of development... In one of my more recent roles, a colleague and I were asked to curate a new gallery of biology exhibits in preparation for the grand reopening of the Exploratorium (Figures 1 and 2)... Another had started out with internships in museums and media before landing a series of positions at science museums... Positions for scientists at museums do not crop up all that often.

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I now work at the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum in San Francisco, directing the museum's Living Systems Department... The Exploratorium had recently been awarded a grant to develop a microscope facility where the public could control the microscopes to examine live specimens... The position described online was everything I was looking for—but that I did not know could exist in one job... Several months later, I found myself reporting to work as the one and only microscopist at the museum—a place that was at once a familiar childhood memory, yet completely foreign as a workplace... The learning curve was rather steep—not long after I started at the Exploratorium, a colleague and I wheeled a brand-new motorized stereo zoom microscope out onto the exhibit floor to try out with visitors... Our exhibits need to appeal to a range of visitors with diverse backgrounds and interests, so honoring the inherent beauty and “wow factor” of a biological sample viewed with a microscope became incredibly important... Every team member brings a critical expertise or skill to the project, and more often than not, works in some way with every other team member... Developing successful exhibits is also extremely challenging and is a skill unto itself... Seemingly simple exhibits at the Exploratorium are the result of months (sometimes years) of development... In one of my more recent roles, a colleague and I were asked to curate a new gallery of biology exhibits in preparation for the grand reopening of the Exploratorium (Figures 1 and 2)... Another had started out with internships in museums and media before landing a series of positions at science museums... Positions for scientists at museums do not crop up all that often.

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