I serve as an assistant center director at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. I provide cradle to grave management of extramural grants and fellowships in EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program. The STAR program supports high quality research by the nation's leading scientists and engineers to improve EPA's scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues. EPA supports leading edge extramural research in exposure, effects, risk assessment, and risk management through competitions for STAR grants, fellowships and research contracts (Small Business Innovative Research Program).
Being in a position to help address environmental issues that are impacting our society.
I like being involved with directing some of the cutting edge science that is so important to EPA's mission, particularly in the ecological arena. I also enjoy attending various meetings to promote the STAR program's grants and fellowships.
Sometimes we do not have as many resources to put towards our research goals as we would like, but we always focus on the positive.
Church, family, read, cook, watch TV and movies, travel.
Besides Jesus Christ and my family, anyone who has worked to be the voice for underrepresented groups.
Take the best science and math courses available. Gain as much experience as possible in the field you're interested in or a related field (even if you have to volunteer).
I think there are more opportunities to network and gain experience and possibly tailor a career depending on the arena (academia, corporate, government). Networking is key and having experiences certainly helps.
Hopefully, I will still be in a position to help people and the environment in whatever I'm doing. If I ever find myself doing something that is not helpful to someone, I may have to rethink that activity.