If you aren’t a listener, you might want to try it out. In People Behind the Science, Marie McNeely interviews a new scientist each week, focusing on who they are both in science and away from science. She gets her guests to talk about their paths to science, about their successes and failures in science, and about books, travel, and other personal interests.
I very much like the idea of People Behind the Science. It recognizes – indeed, celebrates – something very important: that scientists are just people. We’re people with quirks and foibles, human virtues and human failings, interesting backstories, and all the rest. Society often pictures scientists as somehow apart – cool and dispassionate logicians in lab coats, to be found in a fancy lab or a remote rain forest. Really, of course, we’re just like anybody else, and we can be found in the grocery store and at concerts and with our kids at the park. I think society would integrate science better if it recognized that it’s done by people just like anyone else. That is, I wish society knew better that there are people behind the science.
Of course, if you’re a scientist like me, you know all that. But if you agree with me that People Behind the Science is a good idea, perhaps you could spread the word. (You don’t have to listen to the one about me.)
© Stephen Heard (firstname.lastname@example.org) April 25, 2016