But her role as curator doesn’t stop there. Among other responsibilities, she works with internal and external researchers who want to study those objects, develops new exhibits, trains students, designs outreach programs, and also does some of her own academic research.
“No day is the same,” says Eaton, who received a master’s degree in geology from UW–Madison in 2004. “I can’t say that enough. I served as a project assistant here when I was getting my master’s so when this job opened I knew I had to apply because I wanted that job more than anything. And I lucked out and was hired in 2009.”