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"Sixteen-Year-Old Scientist Identifies New Species"

Now a high school senior, Elizabeth Garfinkle is on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a microbiologist that finds a cure for cancer. Elizabeth works as an intern with Museum Curator of Malacology Paul Valentich Scott and is one of only a few high school students globally who has described a new species of clam (Tucetona isabellae). She has also become an independent user of a Scanning Electron Microscope, published a scientific paper, and developed and taught a new biology curriculum which encourages student creativity to make discoveries. Now as Elizabeth prepares to go to college, she continues her science education and hands-on experience at the Museum in the hopes of identifying another new clam species.

Tucetona isabellae
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