What do you like best about Science?

ScienceGirl caught up with Dr. Catherine Anderson at the Geneskool summer camp at AMBL, a fun outreach program where students get to try molecular biology techniques. ScienceGirl asked a bunch of questions about what Catherine likes best about her job in science.

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ScienceGirl asked: What is Geneskool?
The Geneskool summer workshop is a week-long program where high school students collect evidence at a crime scene on Mondays, analyze their evidence Tuesday to Thursday, and then present their case on Friday. It is a lot of fun! We have just finished our first week for this summer and every group convinced a jury with their evidence that their suspect was guilty.

Did you like Science in highschool?
I didn’t like science in high school. There was all this great information at the end of the textbooks but we never got there – too busy memorizing lists of boring stuff. I liked the material, just not the classes. Once I got to university, I loved the freedom to think about all these great experiments.

What kind of Scientist are you now? What do you do for a job?
I’m trained in Medical Genetics and most of work now is teaching. I teach for the faculties of Dentistry and Medicine at UBC. Plus, I run education programs for Genome BC, including the Geneskool program.

What do you like best about your job in Science?
I love the variety of my job; I learn something new every day. There are so many great things happening in science and I feel lucky to have the job of understanding and explaining new ideas.
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I also love the flexibility of my job. For example, I can rearrange my schedule to allow me to visit places like the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.?????? ??? ??????? ??????

3 comments ↓

#1 Zuri on 07.15.09 at 2:46 pm

The Galapagos Islands are the most incredible living museum of evolutionary changes, with a huge variety of exotic species (birds, land animals, plants) and landscapes not seen anywhere else.

#2 Tessa Vanderkop on 11.18.09 at 11:02 am

The GeneSkool summer workshop sounds awesome. Are there any videos of the presentations?

#3 ScienceGirl on 11.18.09 at 11:07 am

Hi Tessa,

The GeneSkool camp is an interactive hand-ons experience where students come and participate in activities in the lab. Unfortunately, we don’t have any videos to share with you.

Thanks for asking,
ScienceGirl

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