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Meet The Press (and Meteorites) at The Field Museum

May 15, 2012

My Life as a Science Promoter on Tuesday May 8, 2012

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Thank you to The Field Museum for inviting me to their press conference last week as a meteorite was donated to them by meteorite hunter Terry Boudreaux. The 4.6 billion year old meteorite, which fell out of the sky and landed in California in late April, will be studied by Philipp Heck, PhD. This was the 2nd time I’ve ever been invited to a press conference. The first, was also courtesy of The Field: Shaking Hands at The Field Museum. However, this time I had a camera. As I scrolled through my photos, 2 themes emerged:

  1. The meteorite is something spectacular (I’ll write specifically about it in a future post)
  2. There were a lot of press stuffed into a tiny science lab

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Fox, WBBM, ABC7, the Medill School of Journalism, Frank Mathe, John Cody, John H. White…and Tom, science blogger. WTF?! My mind is still digging through old data files in my brain trying to determine how I arrived at this point in life, but I love it! Since I’m new to the press conference world I didn’t focus on scientists in this post and instead, the press and their equipment. Enjoy…

Dr. Philipp Heck being questioned

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Meteorite Hunter, Terry Boudreaux, being interviewed

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Deep in thought, “What’s the best angle for this photo????”

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Zooming in on the meteorite with ABC7 News

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 And we’re off! The machine that will be analyzing the meteorite

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That’s all for now. Thank you for reading. Be sure to check back for pictures of the meteorite and the scientists behind it. letUbeu!

Related Articles:

New meteorite lands in Field Museum collection – via Chicago Tribune

Donated meteor coated in stardust – via ABC7 News

Meteorite could rock theory on how the universe was created – via Northwestern Medill School of Journalism

Rare 4.6 billion-year-old meterorite finds home at Field Museum – via WBEZ 91.5

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