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Jun. 20, 2013

Confessions of a Former Snake Wrangler

by Edward O. Wilson

E.O. Wilson shares the secret ingredient to becoming a scientist.

Edward O. Wilson, E.O. Wilson, Harvard, scientist, biologist, careers, letters, books, memoir, advice,
Mar. 27, 2013

Roger That, Grandma

by The Bug Chicks

During a recent trip to the east coast, we visited with Kristie's grandma, the first female air traffic controller at LaGuardia airport.

STEM, careers, women, science, history
Mar. 07, 2013

The Future of Women's History

by The Bug Chicks

We may never make history, but each week we teach young women who could, particularly in the sciences.

careers, science, women, bravery, insects, workshops, Women's History Month, St. Mary's Academy
Jul. 03, 2012

Science: Best Way to Reach Out to Young Women

by Ira Flatow

Two attempts to reach young women. Which works better?

Science Girls Young Women Video, Barber Lab Quartet, Science: It's a Girl Thing, women in science, science education
May. 08, 2012

NASA's Pioneer Women

by Annette Heist

Sometimes on a rainy workday you need a little inspiration. Or maybe you just need a website other than TMZ from which to do a little extracurricular web surfing. Either way, I offer you GRIN: Great Images In NASA. It's all here: Hubble images, SkyLab, and even a few cosmonauts. The archive is massive, searchable, and easy to get lost in.

NASA, space, aviation, history, women in space, engineers, airplane,
Feb. 04, 2011

Constanza Ceruti, High Altitude Archaeologist

by Milbry Polk

Constanza Ceruti is an Argentinean archaeologist who studies ceremonial sites associated with mountains around the world. I have climbed over 100 mountains -- many of them solo -- to survey the peaks. I have found that nearly every mountain has meaning given to it by the local people. In collaboration with other archaeologists, I discovered several mummies of children who were offered as a sacrifice to the mountain deities in Argentina during the time of the Incan Empire.

Dream Job, Milbry Polk
Sep. 17, 2010

Dream Job: Science Consultant for Watchmen

by Leslie Taylor

Dream Job, Watch this!, dream job, science in the arts, superheroes, Video
Dec. 28, 2011

To Australia and Beyond: Q & A With Dr. Annie Bosacker, Biology Professor and Field Researcher

by Kaitlyn Gerber

Kaitlyn Gerber, Carleton College I was lucky enough to interview Dr. Annie Bosacker, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Carleton College, who has done significant research studying babboons in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Her main research interest is in the social behavior of primates, specifically how social circumstances influence an individual's exposure to stress. Here, Dr. Bosacker speaks about her previous work, her interests in biology, and what it's like balancing a family and a successful career in biology.

Dream Job, Science, Teen to Teen, australia, biology, coral reef, marine
Nov. 18, 2011

Meet the Balloonatics!

by Leslie Taylor

In this video, Science Friday's Flora Lichtman and Christopher Intagliata interview two long-time 'baloonatics' who work at Macy's Parade Studio. John Piper and Jim Artle give the viewer a tour around the balloon studio and explain the science and art of making sure the beloved balloons stay aloft and look their best for their jaunt down 34th Street.

Dream Job, Watch this!
Sep. 15, 2011

So You Want To Be A Veterinary Toxicologist

by Ally Ruchman

By Ally Ruchman, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School I recently got the chance to interview Dr. Lisa Murphy, a veterinary toxicologist at the University of Pennsylvania. I met her during my week at the VETS, while attending her lecture on toxicology. I was fascinated by what I heard. Her everyday life seemed so interesting. Now, Dr. Murphy shares what it's like to be a veterinary toxicologist.

Dream Job, Teen to Teen
Aug. 19, 2011

Robotics Rocks!

by April Garbuz

By April Garbuz, Wilton High School Love R2-D2? Have you ever wanted to create your own robot? I spoke with Maja Matarić about her exciting work designing robots with the ability to help people, especially those with special needs. Here she gives us the inside scoop about robotics. Talk about a dream job!

Dream Job, Teen to Teen, computer science, dream job, robotics, technology, teen to teen
Aug. 16, 2011

Recipes and Road Maps — Guides to Becoming a Doctor

by Linda Brodsky

No matter how high your grades in chemistry and biology, no matter how solid your MCAT scores, no matter how many activities you join, you still might be missing the important “stuff” to become a doctor. So while you are writing your kick butt essay, think about where you are going to find the right amounts of these 6 ingredients that one needs to become a really good doctor...

Like Mother, Like Doctor
Aug. 12, 2011

Veterinary Exploration Through Science: UPenn's Summer VETS

by Ally Ruchman

By Ally Ruchman, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School The prospect of choosing an occupation is scary to most. What if I choose the wrong one or I become unhappy with my choice? These fears plague college graduates and others who will soon join the workforce. This week I had the opportunity to try out life as a veterinary student and explore if veterinary medicine is a profession I would like to pursue.

Dream Job, Teen to Teen, Medicine, Science, teen to teen, vets
Aug. 04, 2011

New Heights: Tree Houses and Engineering

by April Garbuz

By April Garbuz, Wilton High School I learned from Tom Chudleigh, Canadian carpenter and founder of Free Spirit Spheres, how engineering and physics can be used to just have fun! Using science to build floating spheres, Tom revolutionized tree houses and has made a living doing so. Talk about a dream job!

Dream Job, Teen to Teen, biology, Ecology, Engineering, environment, nature, physics
Jul. 28, 2011

Confessions of a Cardiologist

by April Garbuz

By April Garbuz, Wilton High School Do you want to heal broken hearts? Dr. Charles Augenbraun shared with me what it's like being a cardiologist. His favorite part of the job? The ability treat and modify diseases that would otherwise shorten people's lives or limit their ability to remain fully active and live a full life.

Dream Job, Teen to Teen, doctor, Health, Medicine, technology
Jun. 01, 2011

You're Hired!

by The Bug Chicks

The National Ag Science Center asked the Bug Chicks to make a video about the different careers in agriculture. Now, we know what you're thinking - career videos are BORING. But this is a Bug Chicks career video and they do things a little differently. Lasers and horses and helicopters...oh my!

Dream Job, Video, agriculture, career
Mar. 24, 2011

Herding Cats

by NIMBioS

  In this video, Kerrie Anne Loyd, a graduate student at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, talks about the mathematical model she is developing to analyze and determine the most efficient way to manage feral cat populations.

Dream Job, Watch this!, animals, Cats, Feline, Feral cats, Video
Mar. 17, 2011

Dream Job: Zoo Veterinarian

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, animals, Health, Vet, Veterinarian, Video, Wahington, zoo
Mar. 04, 2011

Meet the Creator of Rock Band

by Leslie Taylor

 In this video, Eran Egozy, a co-founder of Harmonix Music Systems, the company that brought us Guitar Hero and Rock Band, talks about how he embarked on his career, and the kind of qualifications necessary to break into the gaming industry.

Dream Job, Watch this!, computer science, Engineering, game developer, science and music, Video Games
Mar. 03, 2011

Counting Bears

by NIMBioS

 Rene Salinas creates computer models that simulate changes in the black bear population in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. In this video, he talks about how his model can help wildlife managers determine the best strategy for minimizing bear-human conflict while maintaining a sustainable bear population.

Dream Job, Watch this!
Feb. 10, 2011

What Kind of Doctor Do You Want to Be? Part II

by Dana Greenfield

I have to confront the realities of my chosen M.D./Ph.D. career path. After an extended medical school career, do I want to add a five- to seven-year residency training period? Can I maintain surgical competency while also pursuing anthropology? Will a life in social science work better with the flexibility of shift-work (as I would have in emergency medicine or anesthesia) or with a more rigid OR/clinic/on-call schedule? What specialty will mesh best with my social research interests? Does it matter or will I just make it work?

Like Mother, Like Doctor, Carreer, doctor, Medical School
Feb. 08, 2011

Captain Dag Saevik, The World

by Milbry Polk

"I was always thinking about working on ships and in 1979 I decided to go to sea,“ said Captain Saevik. He began his career as an electrician and then went to sea as a deckhand to see if liked that life. He did, so applied and was accepted at the Maritime Academy in Tonsberg, Norway. It took him eleven years of study, and working his way up the ladder, to eventually become a captain. He joined the ship, The World, when it was being built nine years ago.

Dream Job, Milbry Polk
Jan. 20, 2011

Dream Job: Mars Rover Model Tester

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, Astronomy, Engineering, exploration, nasa, space
Jan. 11, 2011

What Kind of Doctor Do You Want to Be?

by Linda Brodsky

Before becoming a medical student, even before applying to medical school, from the very first moment you proclaim “I want to be a doctor,” you hear the same question repeatedly. What kind of doctor do you want to be? The simplest answer would be, “A good one. A kind one.” You might get a chuckle and perhaps some relief from prying minds, at least temporarily. But that question will quietly nag you through your long and difficult journey until it is finally decided.

Like Mother, Like Doctor, ent, Medicine
Dec. 29, 2010

Dream Job: Roboticist

by Zach Lynn

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Dream Job, Watch this!, robots
Dec. 20, 2010

Dream Job: Great Cats Curator

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!
Dec. 17, 2010

Dream Job: Chocolate Chemist

by Leslie Taylor

Dream Job, Watch this!, chemistry, chocolate, science of food
Dec. 06, 2010

Dream Job: Bird Fossil Hunter

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, biology, birds, fossils, ornithology
Nov. 30, 2010

Trading Places — Medical Doctor to Medical Anthropologist: A New and Exciting Journey

by Dana Greenfield

From the hospital wards to the ivory tower, I consider myself lucky to be in such rarefied places and privileged worlds that most people don’t see. And then I also feel overwhelmed by the hundreds of pages of weekly reading or the towering responsibility of my own fieldwork (which I have yet to nail down to a topic or a location). In moving from medicine to Anthropology, I stepped off the well-trodden path of clinical training into the wilds of academia. But I find solace in the incredible scholars I get to read, the stimulating lectures I get to attend, and the many cups of coffee that get me through.

Like Mother, Like Doctor
Nov. 24, 2010

Dream Job: Lunar Geologist

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, Geology, nasa, space
Nov. 22, 2010

Dream Job: Amphibian Avenger

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, biology, wildlife conservation
Nov. 19, 2010

Dream Job: Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, animation, computer graphics, computer science
Nov. 17, 2010

Dream Job: Space Doc

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, Astronomy, Medicine, nasa, space
Nov. 11, 2010

Dream Job: Astrobiologist

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, astrobiology, nasa, space
Nov. 10, 2010

Dream Job: Chameleon Hunter

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!
Nov. 09, 2010

Dream Job: Game Designer

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, computer science, technology, Video Games
Nov. 05, 2010

Medical Anthropology — Dana Starts the PhD of her MD, PhD

by Linda Brodsky

Dana’s PhD is in medical anthropology. Never heard of it? Neither had I until Dana found one of her several passions. It all started in college, at Barnard, when she took an anthropology course. She loved it. And she also loved biology. And she wanted to become a medical doctor. And she found a way to do it all. She is becoming a medical anthropologist. She will study and advance the knowledge of the many ways in which “culture and society are organized around or impacted by issues of health, health care, and related issues.”

Like Mother, Like Doctor
Nov. 02, 2010

Dream Job: Butterfly Caretaker

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!
Oct. 28, 2010

Dream Job: Coral Whisperer

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!
Oct. 28, 2010

Dream Job: Movement Engineer

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!
Oct. 15, 2010

Dream Job: Under-ice Diver

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!
Oct. 12, 2010

Dream Job: Forensic Ornithologist

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, aviation, biology, national museum of natural history, ornithology, Smithsonian
Sep. 24, 2010

Dream Job: Forensic Artist

by Leslie Taylor

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Dream Job, Watch this!, Science Friday
Jul. 15, 2010

OR Anthropology

by Dana Greenfield

Hi, Mom. Hi, ether. On my first clinical rotation, I did step into a whole new world. And while I’m back to real life, I definitely brought a little part of the wards back with me. But I also left a little part of my former self there, too. For better or worse, these past few months have been some of the most intense (and the most rewarding) of my life. I wish I could write one blog entry that could capture how much I’ve learned or what I saw, but that would be impossible. Instead, I’d like to share a few reflections on, and a peek into, the very privileged world of hospital medicine.

Like Mother, Like Doctor
Jun. 22, 2010

It’s Not Only What You Know

by Linda Brodsky

Dana is finishing her surgical clerkship this week. Has it really been eight weeks? It went by so fast. Well at least for me it did. I don’t know about Dana, because she has surfaced for air (and some time talking on the phone) only a few times during these past several months.

Like Mother, Like Doctor
May. 06, 2010

Dana Is A Surgical Clerk!

by Linda Brodsky

What’s a clerkship? It’s the first educational experience when a student doctor spends her days (and nights) involved entirely in patient care. Each clerkship is based on a major area of medicine—pediatrics, general surgery, surgical specialties, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry, and in some schools neurology and family practice medicine.

Like Mother, Like Doctor
Apr. 22, 2010

Be Liberal with Your Arts!

by Dana Greenfield

Yes, getting the basic science in is important. But (some of) the most valuable skills I gained from my college education included learning how to think, write, and critically engage equally with texts and the world outside of the college gates. And BOTH biology and anthropology taught me these. Inside the lab—a place all pre-meds will face at some point or another—I took part in curiosity, scientific inquiry, and how ‘facts’ about the world around us are made.

Like Mother, Like Doctor, college, degrees, liberal arts, Medical School
Mar. 11, 2010

Doctors are Not Only Scientists

by Linda Brodsky

Our friend Rosalee Washington asked, “Should I major in something that has to do with science if I want to become a doctor?” This is a really good question. Do all doctors need the same skills? The same talents? Have a certain personality?

Like Mother, Like Doctor
Mar. 01, 2010

Testing Patients

by Dana Greenfield

From the SATs to the MCAT and the Boards exams, I’ve been a career student. Tests have become a way of life, in a way. (Is that sad?) From multiple-choice to essay to true/false to oral exams, tests have been the predictable pacemakers of my career from high school through college, from college to medical school and graduate school.

Like Mother, Like Doctor, Science
Feb. 22, 2010

Baby Steps

by Dana Greenfield

I have only one more test left in med school! Well, I should qualify that: it’s the last test of my pre-clinical years. (The first two years are called pre-clinical because we don’t see much of the clinical side, because we don’t really know too much.) So, for two years we sit mostly in lectures, labs, small groups, and the library, learning the basics of human biology and illness. The cycle is predictable: three weeks of cramming, test, repeat. In our last block Life Cycle (our curriculum is organized by topic or organ system), we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Like Mother, Like Doctor

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