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Doing more science by Beatrice Pandlewod - Sat, 02 Dec 2017 01:40:28 EST ID:vEkGw4n0 No.78931 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I want to be a scientist. I want to research and be active and feel like I'm actually getting something done. What sciencey things can I do in my free time that will actually bring me closer to these goals?

I look things up on wikipedia constantly. I regularly check on a site that summarizes recent scientific papers. Isn't there something more that I can be doing while waiting for the GRE to come around that would help me reach my goals?

I work full time in a microbiology lab, but working for a company isn't the same as working for a cause. What science related things do you do? For a living or for enjoyment and fulfillment or just to kill time? What science websites do you look at? What science hobbies do you have?
Polly Blatherworth - Sat, 02 Dec 2017 10:51:59 EST ID:+YUSEic8 No.78932 Ignore Report Quick Reply
That's just entertainment, to contribute to science you'd actually have to do all the hard work of figuring out the intricacies of whatever interests you, not just reading about summaries of what other people have achieved.

To get closer to your goals probably more education would be good.
Nicholas Sabberwutch - Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:07:54 EST ID:/VCp7bNu No.78933 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Don't know how to help you, but how'd you get on in the microbiology lab? I'm a Micro major and am looking to work somewhere to get experience
Beatrice Pandlewod - Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:37:12 EST ID:vEkGw4n0 No.78934 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I want more education, but I have to wait until April to take the GRE, and then another 6 months to apply to schools. You're right that it's just entertainment. I guess I want entertainment that I can learn from. I want to learn outside of and within formal education.

Although I was interested in identifying mushrooms, I wasn't very interested in microbio until I went to the library one day with nothing particular in my mind and ended up leaving with pic related.
I got my BS in chemistry, and while in school participated in ecology research and an ecology internship. I focused on organic chemistry and took a good number of biology classes, but never microbiology. The lab I work for now basically only hired me because I was interested in fungi, had worked with fungi before (minimally), had used a microscope before (again minimally), and grew mushrooms in my own time. Please ask if you have other questions about it though. I'd love to encourage any discussion on /chem/

I want to learn and apply my knowledge to help the environment and the common man. I'll probably go to grad school for ecology but I'm still uncertain.

I just want to be like my hero Carl.
Lillian Shittingdale - Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:11:59 EST ID:fVK4vDOO No.78966 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Grad student right now. Working in genomics with a focus on human medical applications. Hoping to help implement sequencing and "precision medicine" as standard care in the clinic after grad school someday.

This field has entirely changed in the past 10 years. The future is exciting and I think I chose the right field at the right time.
Frederick Bollyfoot - Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:30:23 EST ID:MsJwbibf No.78968 Ignore Report Quick Reply
go to community college and get an associates degree in applied science. biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy. once you have an introduction to these fields you wont sound so retarded and can pursue your wishes in a more useful way
Polly Bunkinsork - Fri, 06 Apr 2018 01:03:09 EST ID:+0GOZxpM No.79040 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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OP here again,

I guess what I want this thread to be about is continuing education. How and when do you guys learn? I'm not in school anymore, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to stop learning. I never want to stop learning.

I've been spending some time reading through a book on soil microbiology, ecology, and biochemistry every Sunday morning right after I get out of bed. I try to do it before I start anything else, so I don't have any excuse not to do it.

I've also been working through a mycology textbook during my downtime at work. It's from the seventies, but still has lots of good info. I've developed quite a vocabulary for describing mold and other fungi.
Fanny Grimshit - Sat, 07 Apr 2018 16:31:00 EST ID:xdtGflx/ No.79047 Ignore Report Quick Reply
most scientists dont do anything but run repetitive processes and log results
Hannah Crommlelodge - Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:48:32 EST ID:+0GOZxpM No.79048 Ignore Report Quick Reply
and? I want to do that. Amazing knowledge can be gained through the analysis of data that were tedious to collect.
A_Wizard !cMZsY.BCnU!!vVWR8L52 - Thu, 12 Apr 2018 01:37:06 EST ID:H2dReURr No.79058 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Get this book and modernize some of the equipment described in it. I used to play around with this one as a teenager. I strongly advise against drinking sparks and colt45 while working on any projects listed in this book.
Ernest Blytheville - Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:58:01 EST ID:qT5ivdN+ No.79062 Ignore Report Quick Reply

That's what techs are for. Scientists are for writing grant proposals and filling out 9001 GLP compliance forms to pH a solution
trypto - Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:44:08 EST ID:a9li1sY3 No.79063 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Honestly, check out twitter. Follow some people in a field you're interested in. They'll post news/articles/trends about it.
Katsuragi !hZYzX5/C3s - Thu, 24 May 2018 13:50:20 EST ID:pMrrl6aC No.79118 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Last time I wanted to do science I was accused of producing kerr black holes in the large hadron collider.
This is the most unfortunate joke. I switched to genetics.

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