Blogger This Scientist says that a recent conversation with a colleague cleared up some misconceptions she'd had about careers in science policy. "When I heard the phrase 'science policy,' I had always imagined people with science degrees that were pushing to have particular laws changed and having strong partisan affiliations and possibly screaming 'Save the Whales,'" she says.

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