The right formula for career success
How do you get a job like this? “We each have a Master of Environmental Management degree,” explains Catherine. Which focuses on relationships between science, management, and policy. Initially, both women had smaller roles on this contract. But proved their investigative insight early on. “As an intern,” continues Delaney, “I was asked to provide input shortly after we won the contract. It’s exciting to build a process from the ground up. You really get to refine every aspect of it!”
Also exciting? “We learn a lot about how chemicals are manufactured!” adds Delaney. And while one review made Catherine reevaluate her snack choices (after assessing artificial flavorings), the most interesting thing she’s encountered (so far) was researching COI for the Review of Shift Work at Night, Light at Night, and Circadian Disruption. Her role was to identify scientific experts to serve as a peer reviewer. “I was reading up on one scientist who researches the effects of light on circadian regulation in humans. He also works with NASA to design space craft interiors.”
When they’re not sleuthing, Catherine is...watching mystery programs on the BBC. Delaney studies history. (Neither hobby surprising, given their line of work!) And they’d both like to come clean. Technically, this work requires more than two minds. Says Catherine, “Our COI evaluation team includes ICF employees with backgrounds in just about every science.” (At ICF, we have an impressive array of -ologists.)
Learn more about science careers at ICF.