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. After speaking with someone involved in the field, she realized that "science policy is acting as a liaison between the scientists ... and the politicians that don't understand the data and the p-values," she says. "You become a science translator." Those considering alternative science careers, may want to do as This Scientist did and "throw another one in the pile ... science policy!"
What About a Job in Policy?
Nov 26, 2010