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Careers in Museum Curatorship

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Chicago, IL 60637

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For this week's seminar, myCHOICE is bringing you a discussion on careers in museum curatorship. Our speakers, Matthew Carrano and Patricia Ward will share their perspectives in the roles of research and outreach in their current positions and advice for pursuing careers in museum curation.


Matthew Carrano, Ph.D.
Curator of Dinosauria, Department of Paleobiology
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Matthew Carrano has been the Curator of Dinosauria in the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History since 2003. His research examines the evolutionary relationships of predatory dinosaurs, the paleoecology of Mesozoic ecosystems, and the quality of the terrestrial fossil record. He has conducted fieldwork from Montana and Wyoming to Madagascar, Chile, and Zimbabwe, and brought thousands of new specimens to the NMNH collections. At the NMNH, Carrano has been involved in numerous outreach, education, and exhibit projects. He created “Dinosaurs in Our Backyard,” the first Smithsonian exhibit to feature fossils from the Washington, DC region, and was a featured curator in the temporary exhibit “Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution.” He is now the lead curator for the Deep Time exhibition, the first complete renovation of the paleontology halls in the museum’s history, which will open in 2019. Carrano received his B.Sc. in Geology-Biology from Brown University in 1991, followed by his M.Sc. (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) in Organismal Biology & Anatomy at the University of Chicago. Prior to working at the Smithsonian, he taught human anatomy and conducted postdoctoral research at Stony Brook University.


Patricia Ward, Ph.D.
Director of Science Exhibitions and Partnerships
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Dr. Patricia Ward provides broad science leadership across the Museum’s exhibition work, leading creative teams of exhibit developers, designers, writers, and media producers. In her 17 years at the Museum, Dr. Ward has produced exhibitions on various science topics including genetics, health, energy and climate change and has been active in numerous outreach efforts including public symposia and workshops for teachers and pre-college students. She develops partnerships with universities and other organizations that synergize with the Museum’s efforts to bring current, relevant science content to the general public and school audiences. Recent exhibition projects include the award-winning Future Energy Chicago, YOU! The Experience, and Extreme Ice. Dr. Ward earned a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Chicago and was a NIH post-doctoral fellow in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago before joining the Museum in 1999. Patty has published widely in the areas of tumor immunology, molecular genetics, and the cell biology of herpes simplex virus. She was a 2012 Noyce Leadership Institute Fellow and in 2013, was named a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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