Imagine a position that requires a commitment of just four to 10 working days most years, yet pays up to $60,000--plus stock options. Imagine further that this position allows you as a scientist to observe the inner workings of the industrial culture of the United States, to make personal contacts with powerful businesspeople, and to influence the direction of a major corporation. Such is the lot of the scientists who sit on the boards of directors of public companies.

Allen Misher, president of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, says of his work on corporate boards, "The quality of the people I deal with, the intellectual interactions, are extremely important to me and highly enjoyable. It gives me an opportunity to deal on a scientific basis with people at the forefront of their disciplines. It's even fun on a personal basis."

While the scientists who are asked to serve...

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