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The career I dreamed of?

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Science  12 Sep 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6202, pp. 1414
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6202.1414

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  • RE: Scientific education, educators and the importance of student learning – lessons for all

    To the Editor,

    I read with interest the working life article by Gale Rhodes entitled “The career I dreamed of” (1) which briefly outlined his journey and experiences as an Academic/Biochemist.

    That he was able to achieve tenure a total of three times at different institutions while maintaining research and teaching responsibilities was remarkable, and a testament to his tremendous effort and brilliance.

    It was particularly pleasing to read of his enthusiasm and enjoyment of teaching and to be reminded also of the positive impact and potential influence of scientific educators on student learning.

    The major technological advances and developments that occurred during his career would have been breath-taking, impacting considerably upon his research techniques and teaching methods over the years.

    I applaud Gale Rhodes for his lifelong contribution to science and for reminding us all of the collective importance of scientific education, educators and students.

    Respectfully yours,

    Dianne Sika-Paotonu
    Lecturer in Pharmacology/Pathophysiology
    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    Honorary Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute
    Perth, Western Australia

    1. Rhodes, Gale. "The career I dreamed of?." Science 345.6202 (2014): 1414-1414. DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6202.1414.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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