We mentioned crowd sourcing via contests and prizes
earlier as a means of encouraging innovation. The
X-Prize foundation awarded a large grant for oil
skimming technology to Elastec.
If this is something you are interested in participating
in Nature Chemistry lists an Open Innovation
Pavillion offering many competitions. This might
be just what it takes for mature scientists and
engineers to apply their ideas and experiences for
the greater good.
When we meet with job seekers and people interested in
developing their careers, one of the key messages involves
doing a self assessment so you can choose to work on
something you care for, are good at and will be happy doing.
Figure out what is important to you. Determine your key
values, interests and how you might pursue them in your
That is factually true. It gets me to thinking how can I make
this more real. PBS/Nova has done this nicely.
So this blog post is a break from story telling, incidents
and factoids with recommendations.
I viewed a number of totally engrossing short episodes that I
encourage readers to click on in the Secret Life of Scientists
and Engineers series.
Eva Vertes - a cancer researcher and a runner, like me
Michio Kaku - theory of everything physicist and figure
skater (His books are terrific reading.)
Katherine Hayhoe - a climate scientist and practicing Christian
Gavin Smith - a climatologist and juggler
Molly Woodworth - a neuroscientist and cheerleader (I loved
her mathematical MIT cheer!)
Rich Robinson - a nanoscientist and a portrait photographer
Erika Ebbel - a biologist and beauty pageant winner
Laurie Santos - an experimental psychologist and photographer
and many other engineers and scientists.