By: Angie Miller
Interested in the environment? Want to become involved in human affairs? Able to see the bigger picture?
Meteorologists are a branch within the earth and environmental science field. The growth for meteorologists in the next ten years is average at an increased of 7-13% more. The median salary of a meteorologist in the United States is $89,790. From studying to analyzing to preparing and informing the public, meteorologists play an important role in how the environment will affect us.
Work environment for meteorologists is usually a 40-hour workweek usually in an office. Meteorologists in small weather offices will work alone whereas in larger ones will work as part of a team. Fieldwork and travel may also be part of the their work environment. Generally meteorologists study and interpret data, broadcast, gather information, prepare forecasts, conduct research, and developing weather forecasting tools.
Education for meteorologists is focused on natural sciences, mathematics, earth science, and statistics. Meteorologists are usually required to have a Bachelor’s degree in meteorology or a closely related topic. A master’s degree is required for upper-level positions and a PhD is required for research. Also take classes to match specialization such as radio, television, journalism, or policy.
Personality skills that are important for meteorologists include good communication skills, ability to see the bigger picture, and analyzing materials.
Similar careers to meteorologists are physicists, photographers, and occupational health and safety specialists.
By Kaitlynn Bayne
Take a trip up to North Campus to visit the engineering campus, and it is no question that men are the main one’s who populate the terrain. Sure, you will run into girls as well, but there are probably at least two male engineers for every one female engineer here. This isn’t a unique trend to the University of Michigan. Female engineers are in very high demand right now, simply because they are very short in supply.
Why is this we might ask? Gender norms is the easy answer- girls grow up thinking they need to play with Barbies and wear the color pink, etc. etc. But being a girl, I don’t know how “pressured” I was into these stereotypes. I really enjoyed the traditional girly things. I had no interest in computers or coding, not because I thought it was only for boys, but because I genuinely had no interest in it.
Well, Google is taking this into consideration with one of their newest projects. This project is called Made with Code and was created to try to show girls all the cool things you can do with programming. This project has multiple parts to it. There is a website where you can buy bracelets, necklaces, and other sorts of accessories all made with a 3D printer. In fact, earlier in the summer, they had a promotion where you could use their program to make a bracelet with your name on it. Once you made a bracelet you liked, they would mail it to you for free. On top of the Made with Code market, there is also a website where there are fun computer programming activities. These include making songs, making memes, and creating interactive characters.
I think this is a very smart idea on Google’s part. If this was around when I was young, it is likely I would have enjoyed coding (or at least would have learned even a little bit about programming.) Hopefully this project will have its intended result and show many young girls out there how programming can make so many cool and beautiful things.
By Ammara Virk
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that includes impairment of memory and brain function. It is most commonly associated with the onset of old age. However, several factors can speed up the onset of Alzheimer’s, such as stress or diet.
However, at the University of Michigan, researchers have begun to inject fetal stem cells into the brain of mice with Alzheimer’s and found that these mice, when evaluated with behavioral and memory tests, “looked the same as mice without Alzheimer’s disease.” These mice were injected with stem cells in the hippocampal area, which is responsible for learning and memory processes. Furthermore, note that these stem cells were injected in mice that had the gene of Alzheimer’s, but did not yet display symptoms.
This research can have important implications for questions such as whether or not it is a good idea to find out that you have the gene for a potentially (as of yet) untreatable disease. While this issue used to be controversial in the past, should the research prove successful, such controversy will be mostly deleted. This research will allow early preventative action, and has good potential, especially since “stem cells could be the next big frontier to medicine.”
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