Magpie day #1: interesting links to science careers

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Sandra Porter

I've just returned from two conferences that focused on educating students for careers in science and technology and what do I find here at the home fort? There's Chad writing a very nice series on science careers!

I was a little puzzled by PNAS acryonym in his titles since to me, PNAS stands for "Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists" and is a high impact scientific journal. But then I realized that Chad is a physicist and he might not know this. It's quite possible that PNAS isn't as big in the physics community as it is in biology.

Anyway, this is a very nice series, so way to go Chad!

And teachers and career counselors pay attention! These kinds of jobs are great and you should have your students reading Chad's interviews.

Here are some of my favs.

PNAS: Pam Korda, Medical Device Developer

You may not know this, but many kinds of things are considered medical devices. To give a brief definition, medical devices are things that are not drugs. They do not alter your body's metabolism. Many kinds f diagnostic tests, like the pregnancy tests you can get at the drug store, are medical devices.

PNAS: Dennis Lee, Biotech Researcher


PNAS: Nicole Leuke, Science Teacher


PNAS: Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Enzyme Scientist


PNAS: Patricia Crotwell, Sanford Genetics Lab

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Figure 1. You can make things like this with a two year degree from a community college.