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July 30, 2012

Guest blog by our Paleontology Intern Elizabeth Dobson.

Research & Collections

I started my summer internship at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences nearly two months ago. I’m an intern in the Paleontology and Geology Lab (Paleo/Geo lab) on the third floor of the newly constructed and recently opened Nature Research Center (N.R.C.). This place is designed to be an interface between scientific research and public interaction. A month ago I also delivered my first talk in the N.R.C.’s Daily Planet. Every Tuesday is the “spotlight” day for the Paleo/Geo lab which means a day of presentations – delivered by members of the lab itself – on past and ongoing research being done here in the lab and elsewhere. I gave a talk on the history of ancient DNA research. My talk was a short ten-minute information session on my research from my Master’s thesis. I’m a historian of science (and a philosopher of science in some regards) and my job…

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