Category: Male

No Place Like Home

The journey to where I am in life right now has been filled with twists and turns. I have met many amazing people along the way who have shaped who I am and helped direct my passion for science. My...

/ January 10, 2018

Moments: My Daughter’s Journey in Science as a Father

People always ask me how my daughter Amoy got into science.  My first thought typically: "Is there an actual event that I can pinpoint?" Was there one particular thing I could isolate and say, "this was the moment." There were definitely several defining moments I can think back to.  Moments like...

/ January 3, 2018

Understanding by Doing

Now that I’ve got my PhD, and I’ve been working in a science communication position for a few years, I’m often asked how I “ended up” in SciComm. The first thing to point out is that I certainly didn’t just...

/ December 19, 2017

The Day I Met Her

I carefully approached her with the intention to learn more. I took the first step to introduce myself with a “hi, my name is Ivan." It didn’t quite work as she seemed hesitant to respond. Nevertheless, I had to strike...

/ December 4, 2017

Perseverance to Passion

In my life, perseverance is growing up in the inner city of Flint, Michigan. Gangs, violence, and drugs were part of everyday life. I’ve seen someone being run down by a car, shot in the head, and been shot at...

/ November 25, 2017

Best of Both Worlds: A Two-Timer’s Story

To this very day, I will often get comments on being a fool leaving a well-paid full-time job for a career in research that may not guarantee me an academic position. However, I am still full of gusto entering the...

/ November 10, 2017

Art and Design Meets Science: A Reflective Conversation on Science Communication

For all its diversity, one thing is certain: like science, art and design makes its own image of the world. Both are searching for a deeper insights, for the not obviously visible, for the substantial, and how our common future...

/ October 8, 2017

From Pond Scum To A Pinnacle of Paleoanthropology

 John S. Mead   – Master Science Teacher –  As a Life Science teacher, I have a deep and passionate love for microscopic life (protists in particular), and was able to rig up a primitive camera to my microscope in the...

/ October 2, 2017

Stride On

– Kwasi Agbleke, Ph.D. –  My journey through two decades has been that of mission, vision, and determination. As a young boy, I always had difficulty answering the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For...

/ August 28, 2017

Swimming in the Sea of Mysteries

 – Hyunseung Hong –  For as long as I can remember, my scientific pursuits have given me the eyes to see and understand the world around me. I was intrigued by science because it allowed me to better understand how...

/ August 16, 2017

Academic dreams: they come and they go

 – Bill Hinchen –  Is it time I let go of the academic dream? I seem to have been battling with this question for several years now. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to do science — I mean proper...

/ August 4, 2017

Little Black Bear

–  Timothy Alex Akimoff – It was a sunny, winter day in Northwest Montana, and my newspaper editor dispatched me to a rural valley, where I was to meet Jaime Jonkel, “The Bear Guy,” from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks....

/ July 9, 2017

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...

/ June 9, 2017

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...

/ May 22, 2017

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...

/ May 17, 2017

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....

/ May 11, 2017

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...

/ May 4, 2017

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...

/ April 27, 2017

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....

/ April 24, 2017

From engrams to psychiatric disorders and back

– Steve Ramirez –   – Principal Investigator | Center for Brain Science| Harvard University –  I‘m often asked how I got into neuroscience, so here’s the story. In college, I was one of those students who loved every subject, from...

/ March 20, 2017

To Be or Not To Be

Fanuel Muindi and Juan Carlos Escobar   Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were 12? I sure do! Well, I recently asked my Little what he wanted to be when he grew up.  I can’t believe...

/ February 26, 2017

My Journey with Science

Anonymous || I have been interested in science from a young age when I liked to build intricate contraptions that I called “inventions”. These gadgets made from rubber bands and other household items helped me explore how moving parts worked...

/ February 23, 2017

The Inner City Scientist

By Ketema Paul, PhD – Associate Professor at UCLA I have known I wanted to be a scientist since I was a kid. My earliest memory of wanting to be a scientist was 7 years old. Science was my favorite class and...

/ February 9, 2017

A Lab-Coat AND Hiking Shoes

I've spent my professional life juggling two careers.  First, as a lab neurobiologist, I study rats and cultured neurons, trying to understand how stress damages the brain.  Second, as a field primatologist, I study the effects of social stress and social subordination...

/ January 22, 2017