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NYC natural history museum grants 1st degrees

September 30, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Graduates of a pioneering academic program at New York's American Museum of Natural History will remember a diploma ceremony under the blue whale in the museum's Hall of Ocean Life.

The museum said Monday's graduates include seven students with Ph.D. degrees in comparative biology. Another 20 have earned their master's degrees in teaching.

The museum's Richard Gilder Graduate School is the first Ph.D.-granting program at a museum in the western hemisphere.

The Ph.D. graduates entered the program in 2008 and 2009. Their research topics include geochemical reconstructions of ancient environments and analyses of bioluminescent deep-sea fish.

The graduates of the master's program have each made a four-year commitment to teach in a high-needs public school in New York state.



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