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Who Wants to be a Scientist?
Choosing Science as a Career

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  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521817738

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  • As careers in science have become increasingly demanding, they require much more than a keen scientific mind and practical ability. If you are considering a career in research, have already embarked on your career and want to succeed, are uncertain which route to take or advise, train or supervise scientists, this book offers some helpful advice. Nancy Rothwell, a senior scientist with extensive experience training scientists and communicating with the public, covers topics ranging from choosing a PhD or postdoctoral position, successful interviews and preparing your cv to managing your supervisor; how to give successful talks, publish high quality papers and become known within your field. Broader aspects of science which are so important today are also covered, including ethics and fraud, intellectual property and exploitation and disseminating science to the public.

    • Written by Professor Nancy Rothwell, a senior scientist of international reputation, with extensive experience in training scientists and communication with the public
    • Written in a very easy and succinct style, to appeal to today's new students
    • Lets the reader know in a clear way what are the likely stumbling blocks or bottlenecks in a scientific career
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    "A succinct reminder of the skills and habits of mind that encourage success and the good will of those around us, Who Wants to be a Scientist? reminds us of all the things we should have learned--and immediately forgot--as undergraduates. Rothwells' work is carefully mapping out the terrain of the scientist's life, Rothwell allows readers to answer the book's title questions--Who wants to be a scientist?--for themselves." Next Wave

    "[C]learly written for the potential scientist, but ... helpful for anyone who wants to understand the stresses, environment, and training of scientists. Rothwell illustrates the complexity of science culture with practical advice, straightforward discussions, and solid examples that paint the reality of being a scientist in the 21st century.... A must for all science libraries as well as high school and college libraries. Recommended." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521817738
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.389kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Starting out in research
    3. Getting down to research
    4. Publish or perish
    5. Communication and getting known
    6. Moving up
    7. Responsibilities
    8. Funding research
    9. Who owns science
    10. Conduct and ethics
    11. Science and society
    12. Power, pressure and politics
    13. Social aspects of science
    14. So who does want to be a scientist?.

  • Author

    Nancy Rothwell, University of Manchester
    Nancy Rothwell is MRC Research Professor of Physiology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester

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