| Dr.Kevin Padian was initially drawn to a career
in science not by an interest in research, but by a dedication to public
education. He began his career in science by teaching public school before
deciding to broaden his training by earning a graduate degree in paleontology.
What led you to teach science?
So I decided to go back to graduate school. Then I got into research, as one does in grad school, and found that combining research with teaching was a great way to bring what you actually do as a scientist to the public.
When asked how he chose science as a career, he claims to be still deciding, and that theres no point in getting too settled in.
What do you love most about your work?
What is the most challenging aspect of the work?
Second, writing up your results is difficult, because its hard to put down on paper whats in your head so that other people will understand it. A lot of people think that writing should come easy to a scientist, because your findings should be straightforward. But its not true. Youre constantly forming and testing hypotheses, constructing chains of logic in your arguments, finding new lines of evidence you have to investigate in order to check yourself. But writing makes you do that. And sometimes the frustration is where the fun is.
What is the greatest contribution you hope to
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