The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is trying to raise an initial $3 million to hire and endow in perpetuity a geology curator for its earth sciences department — a position that has been vacant for more than 20 years.
“$3 million is our starting point,” Kathryn De Carlo tells The Northern Miner from the museum’s basement.
De Carlo works on the ROM’s philanthropy team. She stands in front of a large display case containing rocks, minerals and gems, along with museum staff Ian Nicklin and Veronica Di Cecco.
Nicklin is one of the people responsible for taking care of the museum’s four collections: mineralogy, petrology, meteorite and gem. He specializes in meteorites. Di Cecco is the museum’s mineralogy research technician.
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