From Research to Extension: 5 Things I Learned When I Changed My Science Career Path

David R. Coyle, Ph.D.

By David R. Coyle, Ph.D. A couple of years ago, I changed careers. No, I didn’t leave science altogether; rather, I switched from a research career (the “tenure-track” path, if you will) to a 100 percent extension job. Why the switch? Several reasons. For me personally, a biggie was family (as in, we started one). […]

Perspectives Change While Themes Persist at Different Points Along the Career Path

Annie Ray checking insect trap

Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik, Ph.D. The length of a career could be compared to a marathon—an event more about stamina than speed. Yet the starting point for […]

Entomologist Discusses Her Work in STEM Career Podcast

Cephalotes varians

A podcast aimed at educating young people about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) recently featured an entomologist, Dr. Corrie Moreau of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. The STEMxm podcast focuses on the opportunities available through STEM careers, with a particular focus on women in STEM fields. Most episodes feature individuals working […]

Interview with Shelah Morita on Science Policy and Entomology

Product Cycle for Nanotechnology Risk Assessment

By Gwen Pearson As someone who’s had a bit of a meandering career path, I’m always interesting in talking to others who have found happiness off the tenure track. I was excited to have a chance to sit down with Shelah Morita, AAAS Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Fellow, at the recent ESA meeting in Austin. […]