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  • June 20, 2016

    Jim Gates, physics professor and string theorist at the University of Maryland, began his journey of discovering and attempting to explain the universe when he was 4. His family was living on an Army base in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and he had just watched a movie called “Spaceways” about astronauts, rockets, and countdown launches with his mother.

    “From this movie I got the idea that this thing called science was how you got to do that stuff,” Gates said.
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  • June 8, 2016

    Erik Shold
    Teacher, Landmark High School, New York

    Background: Shold works at Landmark High School, a small public school in Manhattan. He teaches a neuroscience course that is focused on having kids independently design, research, and carry out their own experiments. He also teaches French and bicycle repair. »

  • June 6, 2016

    Despite being one of the smallest and most remote advanced economies in the world, about 40 percent of New Zealand’s scientific papers have an international partner, according to Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Adviser to New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key and winner of the 2015 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy»

  • June 6, 2016

    Back in the 1970s, Mary Lidstrom was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, getting ready to work with a professor who focused on bacteria that cause plant tumors. Instead, he talked her into joining his newer research with microbes that live on single-carbon compounds. »

  • May 27, 2016

    Part philosopher, part scientist, Michael Posner is exactly the sort of broad-thinking but nonetheless meticulous investigator you would expect from his body of research, a more than 50-year exploration across multiple lines of inquiry coalescing on a singular purpose: measuring the mind. »