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On Becoming a Biologist by John Janovy

On Becoming a Biologist

by John Janovy

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In five short chapters, John Janovy has painted a fairly realistic picture of what life is like for the working Biologist in the 21st century. Addressing topics such as occupational opportunities, the realities of teaching, philosophy of Biologists and responsibilities these philosophies entail, the reader is left with a decent road map of what this life might involve. This book is good for anyone wanting to know what they'll have to do to make their dream work and wake up others to the reality involved in taking this path. Handy for any student having to explain to someone the point of studying biology rather than pursuing Med school. ( )
  Yiggy | Mar 10, 2007 |
The best book ever written on career advice. ( )
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“We share a common bond with even the most bizarre beetle of the Peruvian rain forest,” asserts John Janovy Jr. “A belief in that common bond might, in fact, be the most fundamental characteristic of a biologist.” And biologists see the worth of a plant or an animal not in monetary terms but in its contribution to our understanding of life. The famous naturalist brings a humanist’s vision to this superbly written book.

On Becoming a Biologist is grounded in reality, cognizant of practical matters (education and jobs) as well as the ideals that inform the profession—a reverence for life and a responsibility to humankind and its future. Throughout, Janovy draws on his experiences as a graduate and postdoctoral student, on his rewarding relationships with teachers, and on his field work as a naturalist. He has written a new foreword for this Bison Books edition.

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