i’ve been listening to POI for awhile now, and i’ve finally joined the forums. i don’t even know where to begin, i’m so happy to find likeminded people, to enjoy a reality-based community.
i work as a chemist, holding degrees in chemistry and forensic science. i do love science, and i love to teach science, and i’ve found that i enjoy (and prefer) teaching “everyday” nonscientists about chemistry more than anything. i’ve always felt that people need to be more informed and need to understand more about the world around them. information makes us better consumers, voters, and citizens. science is everywhere and technology isn’t slowing down, and people won’t be able to avoid it.
POI has inspired me. to learn there are other people out there active in the community was amazing to me. when i heard about the science and the public master’s degree at SUNY, the wheels started turning. i discovered an interdisciplinary technology program at eastern michigan university that is going to allow me to tailor a MS degree to something along the lines of science education of the public, and public outreach, working with non-traditional learners, etc. i am so thrilled to have found this, i can’t describe it.
so i am going back to school to attend this program full time in the fall, and i’m bursting with eagerness. i want to make connections with this community and others i discover along the way. i want to learn as much as i can and apply all of that to helping to educate and better inform people about all kinds of science and tech issues—from pharmaceuticals, to reproductive rights, to food science, to stem cell research, to the environment, and so on.
i’m so happy to have finally joined. the posts i’ve read are amazing. this is a great community. i’m so glad to be apart of it! i’m looking forward to what’s to come.