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In this role, Fick will develop exhibitions, online products and other informal education programs for the university, K-12 and the general public. Since the museum is a natural point of intersection between campus and the community, a special focus will be in helping audiences connect with scientific research and innovation at Michigan State University. Fick will play a key role in developing the public exhibition program in support of MSU's new BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action (, as well as developing virtual outreach distance-learning programs for schools nationally.

"An important role for the MSU Museum is to be an engaging link between the world-leading research being done at MSU and the broadest of publics," says MSU Museum Director Gary Morgan. "I am very pleased to have Julie Fick join us, in a position that will be key in linking audiences with STEM research of Michigan State, and most importantly, with how that research can impact on society and the lives of Michiganders."

Fick previously worked as outreach coordinator and then director of the Capital Area Science and Math Center in St. Johns, Mich., as well as serving as assistant director of education for the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, N.Y. Additionally, Fick taught life sciences, science enrichment and English-as-a-Second-Language courses in the middle school and adult educational settings. Fick earned an M.A. in educational administration from Michigan State University and has an undergraduate degree in biology.

Fick joins a team of multi-disciplinary educators, curators and specialists at the MSU Museum, the natural science and culture museum at Michigan State University.