CAREERS: Where I Work - Rosemary Forrest, PR coordinator,University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Lab

How long have you been in your job? 4.5 years.

Describe the space you work in. I have a nice office, with an L-shaped

desk (with piles of stuff on it), a blue Mac G3, and two printers. Their

location indicates their importance. Also I have a small round table for

tiny meetings, bookcases and file cabinets. One wall is entirely made up

of window with a view of the parking lot.

Who is the smartest person you work with? All of them. They are all

PhD.s after all.

Who is the craziest? I think it's my boss. He's the one doing the snake

behavior research. He also drives cars and boats like a madman, has way

too many projects in the pipeline, says "yes" to just about everyone and

everything, and is always willing to take on my problems, projects, etc.

He's completely mad.

What is the best thing about working there? The work is usually very

interesting, so it's easy to get the media involved. They tend to love

us and it seems we have only good news to give them. I do very little

crisis management and a lot of pitching. I also love the students, some

of whom are international.

And the worst thing? Some of the scientists don't like working with the

press and others get jealous of those who do. The politics make it a

minefield at times.

What's been your biggest mistake while working there? I once missed an

e-mail telling me a VIP from Washington, DC would visit on a certain

date. As I was the only one notified, we were unprepared until the day

before, when I realized what had happened. It was embarrassing and it

could have made us look like a bunch of fools. Fortunately, we were able

to pull together a good tour for him without missing a beat.

Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office. The director's

secretary is a rock musician on the side!

Number of people in PR department: 140 in lab

Address: PO Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29802

Phone: (803) 725-2473

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