• Question: Do you like working with other scientists

    Asked by SLOTH???? to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa, Stephanie on 28 Apr 2016. This question was also asked by lesley123.
    • Photo: Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      I love working with other scientists! Sometimes science ideas race around my head until they get stuck. Talking to other scientists always helps me nudge my ideas in the right direction. And doing the same favor for other scientists is a fun way of thinking about the science work we’re doing!

      Imagine getting to talk to someone about your favorite television show. What’s that like? You get to talk about each character in the show, and what they’ll do next, and what happened last week, and maybe that someone you’re talking to points out that Character X totally did this thing last season that sets up SO MUCH COOL STUFF to happen this season. You didn’t remember this, and you get excited too!

      I think most of my conversations with scientists are just as exciting, and for very similar reasons. Science is one big story and most of us can’t wait to find out what happens in the next episode!

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      Kevin Baker answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      It is my favorite part about science. I do not know everything, I will be the first to admit that, so I need other’s expertise on subjects. I would definitely not be the one to come to about Alzheimer’s, but I would certainly talk to Jonathan about it. But I also love working with non-scientists as well.

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      Stephanie Moon answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      Hi SLOTH!
      I like working with other scientists because we all have different perspectives like Jonathan said, and it’s cool to work with people that have very different skill sets and expertise to do a project together. We learn a lot from each other, and hardly anything can be done without working with other scientists (for example, it’s rare to see a scientific paper done by one person alone).

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      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 30 Apr 2016:

      Yes! I especially like working with trainees.

      I like working with collaborators from different disciplines (anthropology, molecular biology, etc), but I really like working with trainees and showing how fun (but also often frustrating) research is.

    • Photo: Kellie Jaremko

      Kellie Jaremko answered on 3 May 2016:

      Hi Sloth,

      I do like working with other scientists. The great thing about all people is that their life experiences and prior work shapes how they approach a problem. That means that when you are thinking about new ideas, writing a paper, or trying to figure out a problem the more people you work with the easier I find it to get through these science obstacles and challenges.