On Becoming a Biologist

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U of Nebraska Press, 1985 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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"Good biologist though [Janovy] is, he's an even better nature writer, with a special affinity for the mysterious and the mystic".-Noel Perrin, Civilization. "A concise, readable picture of biology as it is practiced in the field, the laboratory and the classroom. [Janovy] moves easily from philosophy to politics to petri dish. . . . This book will be appreciated by biologists as well as those who want to know how a scientist's mind works".-New York Times Book Review. "A charming book. . . . frank, open and a pleasure to read".-Noel Perrin, Civilization. "We share a common bond with even the most bizarre beetle of the Peruvian rain forest", asserts John Janovy Jr. "A belief in that common bond might, in fact, be the most fundamental characteristic of a biologist". And biologists see the worth of a plant or an animal not in monetary terms but in its contribution to our understanding of life. The famous naturalist brings a humanist's vision to this superbly written book. On Becoming a Biologist is grounded in reality, cognizant of practical matters (education and jobs) as well as the ideals that inform the profession-a reverence for life and a responsibility to humankind and its future. Throughout, Janovy draws on his experiences as a graduate and postdoctoral student, on his rewarding relationships with teachers, and on his field work as a naturalist. He has written a new foreword for this Bison Books edition. John Janovy Jr. is Varner Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and director of the Cedar Point Biological Station. He is the author of Keith County Journal and Back in Keith County, also available as Bison Books.
 

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In five short chapters, John Janovy has painted a fairly realistic picture of what life is like for the working Biologist in the 21st century. Addressing topics such as occupational opportunities, the ... Read full review

On becoming a biologist

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Biologist Janovy, author of Keith County Journal ( LJ 15/1/79), aims his work at the beginning college biology student. He writes not of the schools to select, the classes to take, nor the hottest ... Read full review

Contents

NATURALISTS
1
THE PRACTICE OF BIOLOGY
39
TEACHING AND LEARNING
76
MAKING A LIVING
103
RESPONSIBILITIES
129
Annotated Bibliography
155
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John Janovy Jr. is Varner Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska?Lincoln, and director of the Cedar Point Biological Station. He is the author of Keith County Journal and Back in Keith County, also available as Bison Books.

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