Science Beyond the Laboratory: The Intriguing Career Paths of 14 Scientists and Engineersby: Melissa McCartney, Anne Poduska, Richard Weibl, and Rieko Yajima

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A planetary scientist working on human rights issues? A bird brain researcher hosting a radio show? In this chapter, the authors present vignettes of real scientists who found themselves traveling unique career paths that put them in jobs they didn’t necessarily expect. Tracing their career aspirations from childhood through their college years and beyond, the vignettes demonstrate how our lives, educational experiences, and training teach us skills that prepare us for a career path that is uniquely suited for each person. These scientists offer advice for students who might wish to follow in their footsteps. This sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Foreword, and Index.

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  • on Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:04 AM

The purpose of this chapter of the book is to introduce to students the concept that science does not have to be the stereotypical person in a lab. The author presents a large number of vignettes, each designed to present an example of how science in combined with other areas (such as journalism, religion, etc.). The range of examples is impressive which would make this easy to use in a classroom setting because every child should be able to find one that interests them.

Stephen Kirsche  (St. Johns, FL)
Stephen Kirsche (St. Johns, FL)

  • on Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:57 PM

Each vignette provides the path that each person took to a career in science. Nothing is stereotypical. I think these would be great to have for students to read on occasion as they think about science and careers in science. I think it is important for middle school students to realize that not all people in science were students who got straight As.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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