Watch Your Step

– by Fanuel Muindi – How many steps do you take in a day? We take so many of them every day (around 6000 or so) without a care. For many of us, the focus is on our destinations. Spend some time watching some of your steps. Share some of your steps. A change of…

The Things I Can’t Not Do

– by Myron Shekelle – Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University –  If your job didn’t pay any money, would you continue to do it anyway? As a scientist, I have had the opportunity to know the answer to this philosopher’s question. In April 1996, I was surveying tarsiers on Malenge Island, a tiny…

Stories in Science: An Interview with Elsevier

– by Mary Preap (Associate Acquisitions Editor at Elsevier  | Originally published on SciTech Connect Elsevier on May 11 2017 –   Stories in Science is an online platform where people can share stories about their relationship with science and read stories that have been shared by others. As noted on the website, “We are surrounded by so many stories…

Making My Way from Mountains to Mud: Part 3

– by Robin McLachlan – We teach school children that science is inaccessible and scientists are socially inept. Crazy scientists hide behind lab benches. They are disguised beneath white coats and thick glasses. Their hair is disheveled, their motivations shady, their sentences long and entangled in complexity. I wasn’t impressed with this type of science. My…

Tanqueray and Rocks

– by Silas Stafford – You can’t do geology without a nice gin and tonic. It’s gotta be Tanqueray, none of this Gordon’s crap. After a few you’ll start really appreciating the change in perspective”.  Professor Shore’s voice boomed, brimming with gravid enthusiasm and filling the lecture hall as he dispensed advice for the coming field trip. Professor…

The Courage to Say No

by William Yakah | Undergraduate Student (Neuroscience) | Michigan State University | Like many others in middle school, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to be in the future. In 6th grade, my class had a group of college students talk to us about pursuing higher education. Before they left, they gave us notebook covers that…

Why I Sci

by Natalie Hamer | Biomedical Science Student at Newcastle University | My favorite question has always been ‘why?’ As a child, this question frustrated my mother to no end. I asked her a million questions, and interrogated all of her answers. When I wasn’t demanding to know ‘why’, I could often be found with my head…

A Ride of a Lifetime

by John Kropowensky | Curriculum Coordinator at Harvard University | The relationship I have had with science has been one of many ups and downs, a roller coaster ride speeding up, stopping suddenly, and revealing the beautiful world at its peak. Science is not so different from this thrill ride. When one learns about science the…

Searching for answers as a Space Physicist

by Alessandra Abe Pacini | Space Weather Physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab I am the youngest child in a multi-cultural Brazilian family. I am the result of an immigration wave that happened in the beginning of the last century and brought my grandparents and great-grandparents from Italy, Japan and Lebanon to work…

Discovering my identity as a scientist

by Tyler A. Allen | NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine |  My journey into science was a seemingly unexpected yet inevitable one. I am the first person in my family to venture into the field of science as a career. I have always had a keen interest for science, particularly biology. Learning how life…

From rural China to Harvard and beyond

By Jiang He | Postdoctoral Scholar | MIT | I grew up as a farmer in China in a pre-industrial farming society. When I was born, my village had no cars, no telephones, no electricity, not even running water. Electricity was not introduced until the 1990s, and we didn’t have our first telephone until 2001….

Ordinary Folks Doing Extraordinary Things

by David Denlinger | Department of Biology | Utah State University Everyday when we wake up, whether we recognize it or not, our lives are inspired by science: not being crippled by polio or smallpox, the food we eat, the vehicles that get us places, the clothes we wear, the technology that helps us get our…

The words that changed my life

by Lia Paola Zambetti |Senior Project Officer |Research Development and Collaboration |The University of Sydney On a dull Saturday morning in the lab, I heard the words that changed my life. I had just finished changing the medium for my cells and was chatting with the only other person around, a senior postdoc from a…

Take a Chance On Me

by Jessica Okoro | TEDxLeicester Jessica Okoro the founder and director of BeScience STEM. Their mission is to “bring STEM to communities that do not currently have the opportunity to experience different aspects of STEM and to explore career choices, explore creatively the STEM subjects, (3) ignite STEM excitement in the community and family, and (4)…

From Grandma’s Backyard to the Bench 

by Rodolfo Jimenez | Assistant Director – Summer Bridge at The University of Texas at Austin <>My parents were so young when they had me. They both had to put school on hold in order to provide for their new family. Because of my parents’ varying work schedules, my grandmother had a big role in raising…

Making My Way from Mountains to Mud: Part 2

by Robin McLachlan | Graduate Student | University of Washington <> In Part 1 of this journey, I bumbled down into Crystal Cave, the rocky heart of Sequoia National Park, where my love for geology was ignited. But if this fiery relationship started way up in the mountains, how did I make my way all the way…