An Interview with Betul Kacar, a PhD student at Emory University

By Caitlin

Betül Kacar is currently a PhD student at Emory University.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Istanbul, Turkey, where she was born and spent 20 years of her life, and received her graduate degree in Biomolecular Chemistry from Emory University.  She will be attending the Science Online ‘09 conference.

Why are you attending the conference?

I want to meet with people who blog on science. Simple as it is, when it comes to blogging, you realize that connection is very, very important. So, my primary reason is networking.

Have you ever attended the conference before?

No, this will be my first.

What will your topic be at the conference?

I am not doing any presentations. But I am interested in bringing life issues into science blogs so I will go for that.

What suggestions do you have for me to make the most of my experience at the conference?

Come prepared. I think it helps if you have an idea on who is who, which is something you can pull by people’s blogs very easily. And of course, meet as much as people as you can. Listen to talks and contribute fully. I am in the same shoe actually, we will see. 🙂

What is your favorite part about being a scientist?

Oh well… I am a very curious person. Science feeds my curiosity very well. You can ask as much questions as you can and there are so many different ways of answering the questions. Mysteries amaze me, finding a new thing fun. It is like discovering the world again, a world that you have been a part of but was never aware. I also feel very lucky of being a scientist in this era, nowadays people come into a realization that science is not a geeky thing. You can be social and fun and do science.

What are you looking forward to the most in this conference?

The same answer of Q1 and I am curious if these people can talk as well as they write (just kidding).

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