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Thinking about a future in science? Ever wonder just what scientists do every day? Or what it takes to prepare for a science career? Check out what these real-life scientists have to say about how they chose their work, what they do everyday and why they enjoy being scientists.

Photo of David J. Anderson David J. Anderson
Ecologist specializing in unusual seabirds
David studies masked boobies in the Galapagos Islands.
Photo of Linda Bartoshuk Linda Bartoshuk
A Tasteful Psychologist
Linda studies taste...and the effects of hot peppers.
Photo of Malcolm Cohen Malcolm Cohen
Space-y Psychologist
Malcolm helps astronauts deal with zero-gravity.
Photo of Jim Cordes Jim Cordes
Jim looks at the universe with the world's largest radio telescope.
Photo of Bernd Heinrich Bernd Heinrich
Passionate Biologist
Bernd watches ravens -- and nature -- very, very closely.
Photo of Richard Herd Richard Herd
Volcanologist, a geologist specializing in volcanoes
Richard takes a close look at (active!) volcanoes.
Photo of Clement Imbert Clément Imbert
Clément analyzes the good vibrations of Trinidad's steel pan.
Photo of Maja Mataric Maja Mataric
Expert on Artificial Intelligence
Maja designs the minds and behavior of robots.
Photo of Roger Quinn Roger Quinn
Mechanical Engineer
Roger designs robots modeled on living creatures.
Photo of Zandy Hillis-Starr Zandy Hillis-Starr
Biologist and Resource Management Specialist
Zandy helps protect endangered hawksbill turtles.
Photo of Sherri Steward Sherri Steward
Science Teacher
Sherri teaches high school in Grapevine, Texas.
Photo of Manuela Veloso Manuela Veloso
Computer Scientist
Manuela creates intelligent robots.
Photo of Roy Walford Roy Walford
Medical Doctor and Professor of Pathology
Roy's research reveals how we can increase our life span.
Photo of Zandy Hillis-Starr Rick West
Rick studies tarantulas. Enough said!


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Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
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