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Science Careers – Microscopy Educator

by Dan Kulpinski -- May 21, 2018
Dan Kulpinski

Dan Kulpinski is managing producer of the Q?rius website.

In this video, Microscopy Educator Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla talks about his job demonstrating how microscopes help advance science.

The “Smithsonian Science How” webcast on May 24, “Butterfly Adaptations - How They Come by Their Colors,” features two museum experts who will discuss not only what gives butterflies different hues, but also why butterflies show so much diversity in colors and patterns.

The experts are Microscopy Educator Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla and Butterfly Pavilion Manager Eric Wenzel. In the webcast, they’ll talk a little bit about their careers, but for a closer look at their jobs check out their career videos in this post.

As a child, Juan Pablo wanted to be an archaeologist. He became interested in microscopy at age 12, when a teacher told him about the power of electron microscopes to reveal tiny details. Years later he had the chance to use one and has worked with them ever since. Now, as a microscopy educator, Juan Pablo uses many kinds of microscopes – including a scanning electron microscope (SEM) – for education and the advancement of science.

Watch the video above to learn why microscopes are important, what Juan Pablo likes most about his job, and how to find a career you like.

Butterfly Pavilion Manager Eric Wenzel standing in the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History MuseumWhen Eric was a kid, he loved collecting rocks and bugs. After earning a zoology degree, he volunteered at the Smithsonian National Zoo as a keeper aide before leaving to manage the Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History.

Watch a Butterfly Pavilion Manager video to learn about Eric's career, what he likes most about his job, and how you can pursue your interests in science and nature.

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