Program Manager of Future Science Leaders, Science World
Dr. Catherine Anderson currently leads the Future Science Leaders program. She received her PhD in Medical Genetics and has spent the last 10 years helping people understand the biological sciences: the information and the impact on our lives. In addition to her role at Science World, Dr. Anderson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.
Why are you involved in Future Science Leaders?
I think this type of program is needed. I’ve met several students who want to do more science than is available at home or school. Plus, I wish I’d had these opportunities to connect with practicing scientists, learn about different types of science, ad learn skills required to be a successful scientist.
How did you feel about science in high school?
I hated classes because they seemed really boring. There was all this cool stuff but we were always just memorizing information. Luckily, my parents encouraged me to explore topics and activities outside of school.
What is the best advice that you were given?
To be successful as a scientist, you need to be two of three things: smart, lucky, and work hard. This was followed with, ‘and it is better to be all three’.
How has your training as a scientist affected other aspects of your life?
This permeates every thing I do. For example, when I bought my car, I used my skills to collect information, assess the quality of the data, and then do a comparison based on different variables. Although emotions were involved, I was able to assess the trustworthiness of information from the sales staff vs. the consumer reports and others.
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