Science, Careers, and Life: Inventing Your Future

Last month, the summer 2001 issue of AWIS Magazine hit newsstands and mailboxes around the country, with the intriguing subtitle, "Science, Careers, and Life: Inventing Your Future." As a result of our partnership with AWIS, it is Next Wave's privilege to bring you those AWIS Magazine articles that particularly pertain to you and your interests. With an issue title like that, I figured I'd have plenty of good choices....

I was not disappointed. In fact, there is much more of interest in this issue of the AWIS Magazine than we CAN bring you. But we can bring you the best of it.... Those of you who wish to read the remainder can view the articles on the AWIS Web site at

So, here's Next Wave's selection....

Susan Fitzpatrick, vice president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation, writes on a topic that ought to be familiar to Next Wave readers--the many career paths available to today's Ph.D. scientists.

And in a series of brief pieces that originally appeared as sidebars in Fitzpatrick's story, three women describe the steps they took on their journeys from academia to something different.

In her essay, Adrienne Kitts, AWIS Magazine's "Career Skills" columnist, takes a hard look at the expectations placed on women and how they relate to the great American tendency to overwork.

Finally, Sandy Ceraulo's "Net Effect" column describes the importance of being nimble. Quoting Darwin, she points out that it's those best able to respond to change who tend to survive and prosper....

And here's some of the rest of what you can find in the summer 2001 issue of AWIS Magazine ....

An interview with Dr. Norman Neureiter, science and technology adviser to the State Department, by Grace Gray; a Science and Society piece by David Brakke; a reprint of an article on the dual-career-couple problem by Laurie McNeil and Marc Sher that was published a couple of years back in Physics Today; and an editorial by Susan Ganter. And most strikingly, for those interested in exploring in greater detail the challenges facing women and underrepresented minorities in chemistry (see the story we reposted from Science magazine in May), Donna Nelson's complete data set is included in this issue of the AWIS Magazine. The data are also available at Nelson's Web site.

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