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Pursuing Science Careers to Help the Environment

July 14,2010 by: admin

Science Careers have apparently been of the least interest by a certain degree of students when it comes to choosing courses in various colleges and universities. For many students, choices have been centered on more business, industrial, or clerical courses because of the job opportunities it tenders. Consequently, several environmental concerns have been raised which leads to the clamor for high school students to pursue careers in the Sciences.

This advocacy is greatly supported by Sue Ellen Walbridge, a program analyst in the U.S. Department of Energy who is an advocate of Science competitions. According to her, competitions such as the National Science Bowl, a premier academic contest for elementary and secondary students, supplement these interests when it comes to pursuing science careers in the future. Moreover, according to the Department of Energy, these advocacies are pursued in order to augment competitiveness in the industry. The competition consists of quizzes held in the Washington State area that tests students according to their knowledge in the various science fields: biology, chemistry, physics, etc.

All these studies touch various issues that encompass the current problems posed by society: Cures for sicknesses, the menace of the Oil Spill, the problem of garbage, and the prevalent use of plastics. Several studies are directed on assessing the link between the deteriorating condition of the environment as the cause of several diseases and disorders. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), environmental factors have affected the mortality rate of many places particularly the Mediterranean. These environmental factors may have been due to the fluctuating or extreme weather conditions implying that an increase risk of death is apparent because of the intensity of the heat or cold.

In lieu of all these issues, the Oil Spill in the Mexican gulf is probably the most climatic event that caught the attention of the international community. As of now, there have been 162 estimated death cases tallied in Louisiana because of the oil spill; 594 birds, 250 turtles, and 30 mammals dead as reported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and a massive destruction on the ecosystem. As a result, there is indeed a great need for more people that can be able to resolve these particular problems.

One of the activities being forwarded that might encourage students to pursue Science courses in the future is the X Prize Foundation competition for individuals that can propose solutions for the oil spill. According to the foundation’s Vice President, Francis Beland, they were able to accumulate 35,000 unsolicited ideas in order to resolve this case. The estimated amount of cash prize that is expected is around 10 million dollars or more. Pursuing Science careers in the future may not be a bad idea after all if the cash prize forwards the urgency to settle environmental concerns.


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