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Meet the Bradbury’s Guides

Introducing Jane Clements.
June 1, 2020

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If you’ve ever been to the Bradbury, you’ve no doubt been welcomed and given a quick orientation by one of our eight Museum guides. Our guides are integral to your experience at the Bradbury, and we rely on them not only to prepare the galleries for guests, but also to greet our guests; to engage with them; to answer their many, many questions; and to ensure their well-being (as well as that of the Museum) during their visit.

While our guides are social distancing, and not able to enjoy the up-close and personal side of their jobs, we thought it might be nice to share a bit about them in our new, eight-part series: “Meet the Guides”

Without further ado, please meet Jane Clements—

Tell us, Jane, where are you from and where do you live in now? 
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up on farms in the eastern part of the state.  Farm life was hard work, but wonderful.  We lived near the Horicon Marsh, a major stop on the Mississippi Flyway.  As kids, we spent all of our free time out on the marsh canoeing, fishing, or birdwatching.  Those experiences were part of why I have always enjoyed the outdoors, and eventually decided to go into the life sciences.  Today I live in Los Alamos, and still enjoy being outdoors. 

How many places have you lived and which were your favorites? 
After earning my undergraduate degree in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, I moved to Orono, Maine to do my Ph.D. This was followed by a postdoc assignment at the University of Minnesota, where I lived in both St. Paul and Minneapolis (so cold!). That assignment was followed by two -to-three year stints in Newark, Delaware; College Station, Texas; Claix, France; and Oulu, Finland.  My favorite memories from these places include going out on the shrimp and lobster boats in Maine,  clamming along the beach in the misty mornings; moonlit, midnight treks to the Delaware Bay to watch horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) spawn; football and BBQ in Texas; amazing, historical daytrips and wonderful painting classes in France; and the Sami culture in Finland. 

Can you tell us a little about your family life or hobbies? 
As for hobbies, if it’s outdoors, I enjoy it.  We like to go hiking, camping, birding, rock hunting, or digging in the dirt and gardening.  Indoors, I enjoy painting and ceramics, and genealogy.  Most interesting right now are the photos and stories I’m finding about my grandfather who served in the Army during the height of the 1918 pandemic.

Tell us a little about your career and educational background. 
I have a B.S. in Biology from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wi and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Maine.  I did a postdoc at the University of Minnesota and then worked in neuroanatomy as a Visiting Assistant Professor at both the University of Delaware and at Texas A&M University.  Now, I am Director of the Adult Education Program at UNM-LA, where we teach adults who would like to earn a High School Equivalency credential or are interested in learning English as a second language. 

What experiences from your job and education background seem to come in really handy when you’re working at the Museum? 
A background in science is useful working at the Museum, because I can interpret the science for visitors and explain the research in a way that makes the most sense to them.   

What are some of your favorite things about working at the Museum?   
I really enjoy that I get to meet such a diverse group of locals and tourists who come into the museum and share their experiences and ideas about science with us.  It’s also great to be able to then share some of my own insights about the Lab, the work that happens here, and the wonderful, unique aspects of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.

What is your favorite exhibit and why?
It’s hard to pick a favorite exhibit, but I think the most interesting exhibits are in the Research Gallery, because I enjoy seeing how surprised people are at the depth and breadth of the research that still takes place here in Los Alamos.