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Informal Talks at the Woods Hole Field Center Give Interns a View of the Career Paths of Local Scientists

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For the past 2 years, Erika Hammar-Klose and Ellen Mecray of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Woods Hole Field Center (WHFC) have organized a series of informal chats with scientists from the WHFC and the Woods Hole Scientific Community. These talks, informally titled "How I Got to Where I Am Today," are designed to give the WHFC interns a glimpse into the career paths of local scientists.

The sessions include an informal talk by the speaker about his or her education and career path, followed by some advice. After the talk, the session is opened for questions and discussion.

The feedback has been very positive from both scientists and interns. The scientists have found giving the talks to be a rewarding experience. The interns enjoy learning about other paths and contemplating how to apply other experiences to their own futures. This fall's series of informal talks is aimed at bringing in the community outside the USGS, as well as highlighting the technical staff within the WHFC. Our schedule is as follows:

  • Oct 2: Peter Schlesinger, Geographic-information-systems (GIS) technician at Woods Hole Research Center
  • Oct. 16: Tracy Hampton, National Public Radio (NPR) science reporter
  • Oct. 30: Martha Tarafa, Associate Director of Development at Woods Hole Research Center
  • Nov. 13: Tommy O'Brien and technical staff of the WHFC
  • Dec. 4: Neal Scott, researcher at Woods Hole Research Center
  • Dec. 18: Skee Houghton, ecologist at Woods Hole Research Center

Related Web Sites
Woods Hole Field Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Woods Hole, MA

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