A good summary of his current position is that graduate school in the sciences is great job training for other fields, but that the number of postdocs should be sharply limited. Here's how he presented it at the recent conference:
There Are Not Too Many Graduate StudentsSuffice it to say that I found this statement rather surprising. @kmcld99 on Twitter pointed out:
- We are not training too many graduate students in STEM subjects. A Ph.D. in the sciences is superb training for dozens of different fields, including journalism, public policy, law, business and consulting, many (perhaps most) of which do not require postdoctoral research training.
Ridiculous. Astronauts have tons of transferable skills; doesn't mean we need to train more astronauts.So, thanks to @kmcld99, I now present my version of Professor Petsko's slide. I plan to apply for astronaut selection myself - I hear it's a growth field.