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Brittney is the Marketing & Events Specialist for the Western Science Center, a natural history museum in Southern California. Having graduated with a degree in English in 2012, she is now passionate about using her previous experiences as a writer and a journalist to raise awareness about science in general and paleontology in particular. She is especially interested in science communication, women in STEM, paleontology and evolutionary biology education, as well as Pleistocene megafauna.

Contact Details:

Brittney Stoneburg, Western Science Center, 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet, CA 92543, westernsciencecenter.org.

Education and Outreach: Exhibiting the scientific process

Education and Outreach: Exhibiting the scientific process

Education and Outreach
by Brittney Stoneburg*1 Introduction: Natural history museums are not just exhibit space: a lot of scientific research is conducted behind the scenes. This is the nature of almost any museum. It is often not logistically or financially possible to exhibit every object, and not every fossil is suitable to go on display. The fossils that the public doesn’t see are still important for research, but this is a part of museum work that is often hidden from the public at large. I work at the Western Science Center in Hemet, California. Visitors have no access to our repository, and are often amazed when they learn that less than 5% of our palaeontology collections can currently be seen. Through an upcoming exhibition and scientific workshop, we are endeavouring to use exhibit space and the I