Now, as a faculty member and dean of health sciences at The Community and Technical College of Shepherd in Martinsburg, West Virginia, Plautz looks back at the hats she has worn and the events that have defined her professionally.
Young scientists have to be willing to learn about the commercialisation of new products and the related market if they are to play an important role in developing European biotech into a more mature industry.
Although the course emphasized a few issues that are unique to academia, many of the subjects covered--general management, project planning, time management, and interpersonal principles--are crucial to all professionals, no matter what career they ultimately choose to pursue.
"I remember starting out with a simple interest in languages and language acquisition as a hobby. Now it's taken me to looking at how the brain is hardwired, and understanding how the influence of environment can alter this wiring structure." --Edward Ruthazer