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Choose a Career in Science
by Barbara Louv

$12.95 Paperback ISBN: 1-59858-130-9

As a member of The Ladies of Bonny Doon, Barbara Louv was a major contributor and editor for Memories of the Mountain.  And now with her science and educator's hat on, she has written Choose a Career in Science.

This book can be used in a variety of settings.  In the classroom, it can be used to start discussions about the latest findings and the future of a variety of scientific fields.  Its questions and writing suggestions can suggest further debate or science projects.  Or, it can be used by individuals to explore the expectations and excitement of a scientific career.  Between parent and child it can open a line of communication about a future in the sciences.

Book Cover
The book is meant to encourage and inspire students of all economic situations, races, and genders to consider a future in any of the fields of science from nursing to engineering.  It is not meant to be a comprehensive study of all the fields of science, but includes aspects of astronomy, biology, ecology, engineering, neuroscience, medicine, health sciences, physics, computer science, nanotechnology, mathematics, marine biology, cosmology, chemistry, and geology.

The book was written with young people in mind: cartoons and humor invite curiosity, chapters are fast moving and short, and open-ended questions stimulate thought and inventiveness.  It is the hope of the author that this book will excite kids to think creatively and gain enthusiasm for a future in science.

Young Adults-
You will find Choose a Career in Science informative and exciting reading as it leads you through some cutting edge happenings in a variety of scientific fields.

To help you make a career decision, Choose a Career in Science offers views into astronomy, computer science, cosmology, ecology, engineering, health and medical science, nanotechnology, neuroscience, marine science, mathematics, and physics.

Cartoons in the book add humor to your reading.  Open-ended questions to ponder at the end of each chapter will stimulate your further interest and creativity in that field of science.

Parents and Grandparents-
Choose a Career in Science is a communication springboard for children and their parents discussing possible goals and future careers.

Educators-
Choose a Career in Science presents exciting new science information.  Questions and writing suggestions at the end of each chapter can be used to encourage critical thinking, projects, discussion, and debate.

Book Cover Barbara Louv holds a B.S. degree in chemistry, a Master's and several credentials in education.  After working as a chemist, she taught in the public school system for 20 years.  During that time she published a reading program and journal articles.  Upon retiring, Barbara organized a remedial program for a local school, volunteered as an English as a Second Language teacher and is a docent at UCSC's Marine Center in Santa Cruz, California.  Barbara resides in Santa Cruz with her husband, Ted, who is her computer guru.  Her five grandchildren pictured on the cover were an inspiration in writing this book for young people.

For more on Barbara's book, please visit her website www.chooseacareerinscience.com.