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When I grow up…

I read about this summer day-camp that studies animals through different art projects, appropriately named Animals and Art summer camp, and I thought it sounded like the best summer camp activity ever. It also incorporates the three things I am a big champion of: science, art, and education.

It also got me thinking about all the different jobs that are out there that combine science and art. A short list includes:

Forensic Artist
Scientific Illustrator
Dinosaur Castor
Art authenticator/historian
Science Writer
Exhibit Designer
Archaeologist (the real version where you have to dig and do lab work)
Lighting Developer/Designer
Photographer – medical photographer, microphotographer, high-speed photographer

And of course my job, technical editor!

Unfortunately nobody really thinks about these jobs as they’re being interrogated by their high school guidance counselor as to what they’d like to be when they grow up, since most of these jobs are behind the scenes and not out there in the spotlight like an actor or an astronaut. These are also the guys and gals who need to study both molecules and Monet, but in exchange I believe they get a fuller view of the world.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.