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Year of Science Question of the Month: If you could be any type of scientist, what kind would you be and why?

2009 January 7

For each month in 2009, the Year Of Science, we will pose a question related to science. Please let us know your thoughts as comments. Feel free to respond to earlier comments or post new ideas.

Ponder. Observe and discover. We are all born scientists, naturally curious to figure out more about the world around us: how we affect the environment, and how the environment affects us.
2009 is the Year Of Science.

If you could be any type of scientist, what kind would you be and why?

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  1. Christina Weigel permalink
    January 7, 2009

    Hard question, because I would love to study a bit of everything. But in order of my love: 1. primatologist, 2. marine biologist, 3. anthropologist

  2. joseph permalink
    January 7, 2009

    i would be a zoologist because i love animals. We are all similar to an animal in our own way and should conserve them rather than hunt them.

  3. Charles permalink
    January 7, 2009

    Good question! Hmm, I don’t know if I’m scientist material. I love science and science stories, I watch NOVA, I buy science magazines for airplane reading, I adore Brian Greene. I even saw Jane Goodall speak once.

    Science was my favorite subject in grade school. I studied marine biology and loved it, but I think more because I’m curious rather than investigative. I don’t have good enough head for research or analysis. But I still love science stories and information.

  4. Jason permalink
    January 7, 2009

    Cultural Anthropologist – why – the study of past and current cultures is fascinating to me.

  5. Linda permalink
    January 7, 2009

    Thank goodness, I got the chance several years ago to answer that question for real. I decided to become an environmental biologist since it offers real chances to effect positive change in the world around us, requires study of a wide variety of sciences instead of specialization in only one (I like to study a little bit of everything too), and offers the possibility of employment at the 4-year degree level instead of after obtaining a Masters or Doctorate.

  6. Shipman permalink
    January 7, 2009

    I could never be a scientist, because I am awful at math — which essentially rules me out. That being said, if I were to drink magic math juice that would allow me to do statistical analysis, etc., I would probably be either a toxicologist or work in the area of exposure assessment — or both. I find risk assessment to be fairly fascinating.

    Of course I would have said marine biologist, but I married one and I know how little they make. :)

  7. Dr. Dale permalink
    January 7, 2009

    Oh I don’t know Shipman, math was not my favorite subject and I managed to get a PhD in ecology and evolution without drinking any magic math juice! Perseverance, dedication and a love of science can be magical in their own way!

  8. Lenita permalink
    January 7, 2009

    I would be a environmental building scientist (if such a title exists).

    Why? Because we need to improve our buildings and make them more energy efficient . Buildings account for more than 40% of total energy consumption in the US. We need more people to help reduce the negative impact that buildings have on our environment!


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    January 7, 2009


  10. Josephine M. Rakow, D.O. permalink
    January 9, 2009

    My husband and I are retired physicians. He also has an MPH degree. I believe that there is a real need for knowledgable persons to study scientific articles, read information provided by industry(frequently biased because they are trying to market a product), examine information provided by the grassroots and then “connect the dots” so to speak so that there is correlation between the 3 sources and unbiased decisions can be published.

  11. Jackenson Durand permalink
    May 12, 2009

    I was always trying to get a better understanding on nature existence and enviroment daily life which is, a scienctist mind exactly. Science is a group with many elements as we know. I should bless to touch all those elements or general study but i will be very happy to hold a Geology degree at this time.

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