Crafting a career in molecular animation.
Bottom Line: What happened?In this essay, I will describe the experiences that led to my decision to forge a career as an academic molecular animator, and how my work has evolved over the years.I will also provide some resources and advice for those who may be considering following a similar route.
Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 firstname.lastname@example.org.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Even with the training I had received, I was still largely figuring things out as I went along, trying to create solutions to animating tricky molecules like RNA and fatty acids (you can read about some of these challenges in a blog post I wrote for Science magazine's Origins series: http://blogs.sciencemag.org/origins/2009/01/visualizing-lifes-origins.html). Fortunately, my years in graduate school had taught me persistence and the ability to troubleshoot, and the project was completed successfully with the launching of a website (see http://ExploringOrigins.org and Figure 1A), the installation of an origins of life interactive kiosk in the museum, and a series of live presentations to museum visitors. Along the way, I had started to build an identity for myself as a molecular animator and to explore my options for the next steps in my career.
Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 email@example.com.