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Lindsay Barone, Ph.D.

Program Evaluator

Growing up I was always interested in science. Whether it was paleontology, geology, anatomy, or chemistry, I was a kid who wanted to understand what was going on in the world around me. However, it wasn't until I was in my first semester of college, sitting in a class called "Evolution and Extinction," that I realized what I wanted to study. The next four years at the University of Wisconsin were spent studying human evolution, learning about the biological and cultural aspects of our species and our place in the natural world.

Out of college, I took an unusual career detour. Instead of going to graduate school or getting a job in my field, I spend the year driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile around the country. As a part of this tour I had the opportunity to visit science centers and natural history museums nationwide and it was during this year that I realized that working in these kinds of institutions was what I wanted for a career. So, I made it happen! I was accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Museum's joint anthropology and museum studies graduate program, and eventually earned a master's degree in anthropology, a graduate certificate in museum studies, and a doctorate in anthropology with a minor in biology.

In the years since I began graduate school, I've held a number of positions. I've worked in libraries, historical museums, natural history museums, and taught at a few different universities. I've done extensive research on how people learn science outside of the classroom and I've examined how visitors respond to scientific concepts in a museum setting. Most importantly, I've become quite interested in learning how science centers can be used to increase science literacy in the general public. As the evaluator at the DNA Learning Center, I use my expertise to examine our programs, exhibits, and other educational elements of our centers in New York and around the world.

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