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New Curator Arrives at the Bruce

Being the new kid in town wasn't hard for Dr. Gina Gould. As the new curator of science at the Bruce Museum, the native of Long Island, N.Y., is a lover of food, music and anything science. With her extensive background, Gould will be bringing a lot to the table.

"The first thing I'd like to start is a garden," she said. "I enjoy food, so I would like to do a series on food items, such as eggs. I think people learn better if they can see it in their daily life."

Gould is in charge of developing educational programs that go hand-in-hand with the museum's collections. "You can come [to the Bruce Museum] and develop exhibits that incorporate fine art with science," she said. "The palette is limitless because you're not constrained by a particular mission statement,"

Gould spent three years with the Peace Corps in Paraguay, South America, after college. She worked as a curator of mammalogy and was given the task of doing a biological inventory of the country. Gould then collaborated with the San Diego Zoo to create a captive breeding program for the endangered peccary, which is a relative to the pig.

"I joined the Peace Corps because I wanted to learn a different language and do something interesting," she said. "There was no good food and no good music. But like the slogan says, 'It's the hardest experience you'll ever love.'"

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