Help STEM Students Learn More About Science Careers with “Conversations with Scientists”

Help STEM Students Learn More About Science Careers with “Conversations with Scientists”

Who are the people behind the biggest breakthroughs and discoveries in science today? What inspired them to take the actions they did to get to where they are? Young people who are interested in careers in science need more than just facts, figures, and the Scientific Method—they need to see the faces behind the discoveries to get a sense of what next steps they should take with their career paths. After all, the best guidance they receive can come from those working in the field.

Today’s Science is one of the best resources to which educators can guide them. Not only will aspiring scientists find high-interest science news articles, key research topics for inspiration, pop-up glossaries to help with vocabulary, and editorial cartoons to test critical-thinking skills, but they can also find more than 700 unique and original “Conversations with Scientists”—proprietary first-person accounts of recent breakthroughs from practicing scientists at leading institutions around the globe. 

Conversations with Scientists—Primary Sources That Can Inspire Future Researchers

Each Conversation with Scientists article features a Q&A with a brief introduction, including a synopsis of the scientist’s career development, academic affiliations, and awards and achievements. The articles explore the how and why of the scientists’ research as well as their perspective on the latest developments in their fields and the career paths that they followed to achieve their goals—all in an informal, stimulating format that brings the science topics to life. 

An excellent source for research paper topics, inspiration, and career guidance, these articles also serve as primary source documents. In-text links are provided to related articles, associations, and institutions. 

Noted and recently added scientists include: 

  • Suwen Zhao, Shanghai Tech University, China
  • Hui Cao, Yale University, United States
  • Ashley Coutu, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Whiten, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Shlomi Kotler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • David M. Martill, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

You can find Conversations with Scientists on the Today’s Science platform under “Featured Resources” via the three-line drop-down menu on the top left of each page, under “Browse Science.”

What Is Today’s Science?

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries—giving in-depth explanations of important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. Thousands of original articles written by scientists and science journalists are presented in easy-to-understand language, based on the most current peer-reviewed journal articles. With its featured articles, Conversations with Scientists, crossword puzzles, editorial cartoons with questions, an extensive backfile dating back to 1992, and more, this essential STEM resource shows how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life, helping users think like scientists—applied science in a nutshell.

What Scientists Are Saying About Today’s Science Articles

“The article is very insightful and well written, I don’t see that often when it comes to popularizing quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.” —Marcus Huber (Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology) on “As the Clock Ticks, Disorder Grows”

“That article is impressive! It’s nice to see such a detailed explanation of seismology and a highlight of our work.”—Jim Fuller (California Institute of Technology) on “Saturn: What Lies Beneath”

“I have to say this might be the best write up of our work I’ve read anywhere in the 3 months since the publication of our paper. Well done to the author of the piece!”—Martin Petr (Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) on “Fathers and Sons: Human Y Chromosome Inheritance Among Neanderthals”

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