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Career Profiles: Astronomer to STEM Education Policy Executive

14 Oct 2015, 19:00 UTC
Career Profiles: Astronomer to STEM Education Policy Executive
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The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths.Below is our interview with Anita Krishnamurthi, an astronomer turned STEM education after-school executive and advocate.   If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below.For access to all our Career Profile Project interviews, please visit http://aas.org/jobs/career-profiles. What field do you currently work in?Science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) education, policyWhat is the job title for your current position?Vice President, STEM Policy         What is the name of your company/organization/institution?The Afterschool AllianceWhat city, state, and country do you live in? Work in?Washington, DC     What is the highest degree in astronomy/physics you have received?Ph.D.What is/was your ultimate/final academic position in astronomy/physics?PostdocWhat were the most important factors that led you to leave astronomy and/or academia? Didn’t feel the joy in doing it anymore and started thinking about a different approach to my career.  I became very interested in science education and realized I cared deeply enough about the issue that I could work on it professionally.If you have made a ...

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