Tracy’s Way – How to Get Geoscience Superpowers

Tracy’s Way – How to Get Geoscience Superpowers

Tracy Quan, a scientist sailing on Expedition 369, had this to say about the how and why to becoming a geoscientist… Several times a year, I get the chance to participate in a few outreach programs designed to introduce secondary school students and their teachers to the geosciences. One of the questions that frequently gets asked is what type of classes or skills would be useful for someone who might want to become a geologist….

Talking Points for Scientists or How Not to Be Nervous and Talk to Kids About Science

Talking Points for Scientists or How Not to Be Nervous and Talk to Kids About Science

Does the idea of having to explain your research to anyone under the age of 18 give you nightmares? Does the image of a classroom of 30 children cause you to hyperventilate? Does your brain go blank when confronted with youthful faces looking expectantly at you to tell them how science is done? Never fear! Talking to students (elementary to high school) can be easy-peasy if you remember the following: Keep it short and simple. Try to…

Science Careers are Cool

Science Careers are Cool

I have just finished my first week at the School of Rock on board the research vessel JOIDES Resolution.  My fellow "Rockers" and I have just four more days on the ship before we are back in port in Victoria, British Columbia.  Then we head our separate ways to share our experiences with those back home.  The educators participating in the School of Rock have diverse workplaces and audiences, yet we are all developing projects…

Why did I become a scientist?

Why did I become a scientist?

Why did I become a scientist? I guess that is a question that is asked a great deal to me.  I am always puzzled by this question as for me being a scientist (and especially a professor) is probably the coolest, most fun occupation one can have.  Think back when you were a kid.  We always loved exploring, playing, creating, and making things out of our imagination and creativity.  Well, that is what a scientist…