Have a follow-up question after watching the video, or want to get Joanne's take on a related topic? COMPASS members will present selected questions to Joanne during a followup Google Hangout. This will be recorded and posted to YouTube as a response to the original video.
There are 3 ways to get your questions to us:
1) Leave a comment on the YouTube video
2) Tweet it @AmerSocCellBio and @JKamens
3) Fill out the anonymous form.
We look forward to receiving your questions by September 20!
You can meet Joanne at the ASCB Annual Meeting in New Orleans where she will present at a Career Discussion Panel at 11:00am on Monday, December 16th.
Today's new graduate students generally begin their studies expecting to follow the well-trodden path to academic success: earn a PhD, do a short stint as a postdoc, get a faculty position, and work feverishly toward tenure. Yet a growing body of evidence shows that many of these students will someday find themselves traveling a different road. With the explosion of biotech and the corresponding rise in patent law, science policy, and journalism, biomedical PhD graduates have more career choices than ever.
Science is at the crossroads: Amazing discoveries are being made every day but there is a severe reduction in funding for biomedical research. Most scientific funding comes from government agencies, and I believe it is put toward the common good of both scientists and nonscientists. But do nonscientists believe that?
When the public thinks of scientists, they probably think of Albert Einstein. After that they probably can't think of too many. Indeed, the majority of the public can't name a living scientist. There have been attempts to reverse this statistic and engage scientists with the public. Presumably, a public well versed in science can make better-informed policy decisions. At the very least, a public that understands and values science is necessary for the sustainability of science.