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Mieke Roth <[log in to unmask]>
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SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 1 Aug 2008 20:04:04 +0200
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Hi Robin and Janet,

I know about History of Science, but... that especially is not what I want
to do. Reason for this is that I want to stay away from the most obvious
subject you stumble upon if you consider to combine science and science
illustration; although I love that field and I can understand why you would
want to do it. 


Another reason, but even more determining my choices is that I am not able
to get a PhD just to have the title, do the research or give me a
possibility to pursue a career on a university, because that wouldn't give
me enough motivation. I need to be able to give it a purpose beyond that:
something I or somebody else can really work with in daily practice (same
thing I have with sports: I hate the gym, but I love to work in my garden:
same exercise, but the later has a result that has a function beyond getting
into shape: my garden gets pretty!). I am wired that way and if I keep it in
mind it works for me, otherwise it would really work against me!


-----Original Message-----
From: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration-
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Janet Wilkins
Sent: vrijdag 1 augustus 2008 19:15
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Subject: Re: [SCIART] Your thoughts please

Hi Robin and Mieke,

I've been considering the History of Science Ph.D. program myself. It's a
one year program if you choose the Master's program and a three year program
if you choose the PhD. program.

Robin, you must tell us what your husband thought of the program. Maybe a
bit about the professors? I've read some of their bios but a little "inside
info" would be appreciated!

The reason that I've been considering the doctorate program there is because
of my experience when mentioning science illustration ... I generally get a
blank look and the question "what's that?" It bothers me even more so when I
get that question from bio professors!!!

Mieke, maybe you and I need to exchange some ideas on this subject too
(history of science, that is)! It sounds to me as if we've been thinking
about similar subject matter for awhile now.

And, BTW Mieke, I'm sorry I was unable to attend the conference so I didn't
get to meet you. But, I've been following the course of these letters. 

Janet P. Wilkins
79 Bare Hill Road
Topsfield, MA 01983

>From: Robin Brickman <[log in to unmask]>
>Date: 2008/08/01 Fri AM 11:14:32 CDT
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [SCIART] Your thoughts please

>Hi Mieke,
>I expect that you already know about the History of Science field? 
>My husband got his BA at Harvard in that department, then went on to 
>a PhD in Physics.  Anyhow, here is a link to Harvard: 
>It was great to meet you, and everone else, in Ithaca.  I'm glad to I 
>rejoined GNSI!
>By the way, one of my son's friends is getting his degree in 
>Archeology at Leiden!  It's a small world.
>Robin Brickman

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