Last Wednesday your very own Campus Philly, hosted an event called I Love My Science Job in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Festival! In case you weren’t lucky enough to come out and meet the sci-super stars that came to speak, here is what you missed!
The Panelists…of Science
Stephanie Baum – As the innovation reporter for MedCity News, Baum spends her days entrenched in the wondrous world of science, but opposed to actually being a scientist she gets to stick with her love of journalism and write about it! “If you told me when I was 18 that I would be standing up here talking about why I love my science job, I would have thought that you were crazy!” she joked to the audience. However, past premonitions aside, Baum loves her job, proving to all of those who are “not so gifted in the science field, that they too can “love their science jobs.”
Pamela Dalton, Ph. D, MPH – This research scientist from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, nose how to sniff out the science behind the odors that affect your everyday! A guest star on Myth Busters “the Halloween special,” a contributing creator of the feces smelling military stink bomb, and a guest star on the Discovery Channel, Dalton proves that even science can be exciting. “My Job really stinks!” she joked, but Dalton loves every minute of it. Dalton figures out mysteries every single day with the simple power of a “sniff” and some elbow grease and that is why she “loves her science job!”
Courtney Kronenthal, Ph. D – “My job is to talk about it!” Kronenthal proclaimed at the panel in reference to her career. All day long, as the Communications Director for the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Kronenthal gets to gush about her love for science. Staring out as a curious kid in the backyard with a microscope, she claims she was bitten by the science bug at an early age, but she found it to be too solitary. Kronenthal proves, that even the field of science, work can be social! She loves to interact with others and also loves the buzz of a lab. At Coriell her two loves become one. That is why Kronenthals “loves her science job!“
Benjamin Pascal – As an entrepreneur and the CEO of Invisible Sentinel, part of Pascal’s job is to make sure all people who eat, do not get sick. So… in other words his job is to make sure EVERYONE on planet Earth does not get sick from food and he does it with a tool that is small enough to fit in your pocket. Pascal and his colleagues at Sentinel, developed a diagnostic tool to test what you eat for food contamination! He proves to us that the traditionally boring world of science is actually not as boring as we thought. “It has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life!” he announced and that is why Pascal really “loves his science job!”
Nithin Raikar – Raikar, a market engineer for SABIC, spends his days essentially making sure that most of what you touch from a lacrosse stick to a bike peddle was developed, sold, and deemed fit for the purpose that it serves. He explained that as a kid he spent a lot of time analyzing what makes a thing, a thing and now he gets the opportunity to do that everyday. So next time you play with that lacrosse stick and it for instance, doesn’t break in half on the field, say a little thank you to people like Raikar because their minds and marketing skills made that possible and that is why Raikar “loves his science job!”
Nathan Solomon – A man of many talents, Solomon never would have predicted that he would end up in a science job. Originally a film student at the American Film Institute, where his colleagues were people like the cinematographer of Batman [!!!], he soon discovered that he was more interested in how the camera worked, than actually working the camera. This led him down a long and windy road of multiple different eclectic careers until he arrived as a Video Game Developer/President for the Philadelphia Game Lab. In his work, Solomon combines his loves for technology and art into one happy union and boy is he enthusiastic about it. “We bring a lot of technology to Philadelphia and we love building those relationships!” he said, and it is for that reason that Solomon truly does, “love his science job!”
Top Five Career advisories as stated by the Panel
1. Ask a lot of Questions!
2. Strive for your goals and don’t be afraid to fail
3. You may fall into a specialty that you weren’t educated for: if you love it embrace it and learn what you can
4. If you are going for science supplement with a business degree
5. “Learn to deal with Humans and be flexible while doing it!” – Nathan Solomon
Welp folks, that is all there is but here is my last and final piece of advice to give you before you go; next time you here about a Campus Philly event, GO! As you can tell, this past one was an event that those in attendance will not forget!