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  • January 28, 2016

    Carole Ober's first love as a student was anthropology, and her enduring curiosity about the lives of real people in their cultural settings has helped propel her to the heights of her present field, human genetics. »

  • January 25, 2016

    Analytical chemistry is ubiquitous in our daily lives, from medical procedures to certifying organic food to crime fighting.

    “When you go into the hospital and they want to look at what’s wrong with you, they do a blood test. That’s all analytical chemistry. People who are looking at organic foods, they’ll run tests on them to see if there are pesticides, to make sure they really are organic. Any package of food that you have has an analysis of what the calories are; that’s analytical chemistry,” says analytical chemist, Michelle Buchanan. »

  • January 6, 2016

    Taft Broome remembers his first day as a field engineer. It was the summer of 1966 and he'd just graduated from Howard University. A half-hour after his fellow engineers left him alone in the job site trailer, a fleet of concrete trucks arrived and a driver demanded Broome instruct him where to pour the cement. With barely an hour of experience in the “field,” he was flustered. »

  • December 16, 2015

    In 1983, biologist Sam Wasser and a small team were conducting field research near the Selous Game Reserve in southeast Tanzania when they came upon a grisly scene: a “kill site.” The forest floor was covered in dried blood. In the carnage, Wasser noticed two elephant teeth: one a large tooth from an adult elephant, the other, a small tooth from a baby elephant. This puzzled him. Collectors have longed prized adult elephants’ ivory tusks. But why the baby, whose meager ivory certainly wasn’t worth the poachers’ time? Then it hit him. »

  • November 27, 2015
    Mary MacDougall studies genetic dental diseases and the molecular mechanisms of tooth formation. She’s excelled in other fields as well, sharing a stage with celebrities, including Plácido Domingo, Bob Hope, and Liberace, as a child performer with the San Diego Opera Company. That artistic streak has continued. When she’s not working on research or her mentorship activities, she enjoys working on art projects—from stained glass, to painting, to sewing. Curiosity is where her passion for research begins.
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