How did you end up working for the Field Museum?
I have always loved science,
but I didn’t have a clear idea of
what I wanted to do after graduating from college. When I was
in college, I liked most of my
science classes. I loved math
and science, and I liked telling
people about science and getting them excited about it. But
I disliked lab work. I
realized it wasn’t for
me. So when I was in
my senior year, I realized that although I
loved science, scientific
research wasn’t for me.
What was I going to
do? It was a personal
I realized that in addition to liking science, I also liked telling
stories, and I loved dinosaurs.
During my senior year, I met
with an exhibitions developer
at the Field Museum, and I was
amazed that her job was to
write articles and press releases
about dinosaurs. I thought,
“What a cool job!” She also
told me about a science writ-
ing internship at the museum,
for which I applied and was
accepted. After the internship,
I was hired by the museum.
First, I worked on planning
exhibits, and now I write press
releases, blog posts, and arti-
cles for the general public, and
I put together exhibition press
kits. I love what I do, and I can’t
see myself doing another job.
What is the coolest part
of your job?
The coolest part of my job is
having access to a large amount
of samples that are amazing
pieces of history. Also, I really
like forming relationships with
the scientists who work for the
museum, and I enjoy promoting
their work to the media and the
How is your background
in science helping you in
I use my science background
mostly when I read or write
about topics featured in the
exhibits. My science background
helps me to understand scientific
articles and allows me to talk to
scientists with confidence about
Sometimes, you hear people
say that science is not for them,
because they can’t understand
it. But rarely do people say that
history, politics, or the arts are
not for them because they don’t
understand it. That would be
a strange thing to say. History,
politics, or the arts usually are
part of a regular conversation. I
see my role as helping to make
science become part of a regu-
lar conversation, too.
Why is the discovery of
SUE so important?
SUE is the biggest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex
ever found. What’s extraordinary
about SUE is that it is 90%
complete. Usually, only parts of a
dinosaur are recovered, and the
other parts become guesswork.
In the case of SUE, the level
of completion and preservation is unheard of. In this case,
paleontologists didn’t have to
guess what some parts of SUE’s
skeleton looked like. One of the
things that SUE’s reconstructed
skeleton clearly showed was that
a T. rex is more crouched than
some scientists had assumed.
What advice would you
give high school students
about their professional
choices in life?
Be curious, open-minded,
and flexible! When I was in
high school, I thought I would
become a doctor or a scientist.
Well, it didn’t turn out that way.
But I can’t be happier now! I
think the Field Museum is one
of the coolest places to work for,
and what I do is exactly what I
want to be doing.
After double-majoring in chemistry and
French from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., Kate Golembiewski decided
to become a science writer at the Field
Museum in Chicago. One of her favorite activities is to write articles, press releases, .and blog posts
about the ongoing exhibits and about scientific discoveries made by the scientists who work at the museum.
ChemMatters asked Kate how a background in science
is helping her do her work and what it is like to work for
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“I see my role as
helping to make
part of a regular
Interview with Kate Golembiewski, Public Relations and Science
Communications Specialist at the Field Museum, Chicago, Ill.