• Question: What does it mean to be a scientist?

    Asked by 855smag25 to Julio, Jaine, Dave, Annette on 10 Nov 2016. This question was also asked by KATIE???.
    • Photo: Jaine Blayney

      Jaine Blayney answered on 10 Nov 2016:

      Thanks for the question. For me, it’s how you think and carry out your work. In short, we come up with a theory, test it out using experiments and analyse the results. Sometimes our theories (based on what we see) don’t work out. So being a scientist can mean accepting ‘good’ and ‘bad’ results.

      Have you come across the term scientific method? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method).

    • Photo: Annette Neill

      Annette Neill answered on 15 Nov 2016:

      I’m very proud of my job and it means a chance to learn and explore (most days) Even though I do what I call a lot of “number crunching” there are days I am driven to a book to look up something I’ve never seen before. It might be information written on a patients’ request form or an unusual pattern of biochemistry results or even an instrument giving a new problem… So being a scientist is liking looking down a kaleidoscope -ever changing and appealing