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June 11, 2010

Audacity, Part 5: Rejection and Ridicule

The deeper your idea cuts into the heart of a field, the more your peers are likely to challenge you, and only time will reveal whether your work is transformative, incremental, or wrong.

March 12, 2010

Audacity, Part 4: Taking Liberties with Research Grants?

Is it a good idea to propose a safe research project to NIH or NSF, then use the money for riskier work?

November 20, 2009

Audacity, Part 3: Funding Audacious Science

What are the best strategies for funding high-risk, high-reward research?

October 09, 2009

Audacity, Part 2: A Blueprint for Audacious Science

To do breakthrough science, you need passion, a supportive institution and mentor, and a suitable problem.

September 11, 2009

Audacity, Part 1

What do paradigm-shifting scientists have in common? The first in a series.

May 29, 2009

A Tale of Two Pathologists

Between them, Terrill Tops and Dorkina Myrick have two careers, three doctoral degrees, and one life together.

February 27, 2009

When Ironies Make Perfect Sense

Gina Wingood, a black Catholic woman raised in a white suburb, found love and her calling in San Francisco's ghettos talking condoms, sex, and ethnic pride.

May 16, 2008

African Americans Studying STEM: Parsing the Numbers

Incoming African-American students express interest in the sciences, but their rate of attrition is high.

May 16, 2008

Dynamo Walking

"Betty got it right away. You've got to do the work. And I really think that's Betty. She's willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach her goals." --Eric Grotzinger

January 18, 2008

Following the Image

"For her, that's the ultimate goal, not just for the status of a cover image on a sexy, high-profile journal but rather that this is a beautiful image that people are going to see." --Rebecca Heald

October 12, 2007

Rita Thornton: Turning Obstacles into Steppingstones

"I explained what I wanted to do. I warned that it would be different from what they were used to. Then I asked if they could help me. And they all agreed." --Rita Thornton

August 24, 2007

Suzanne Estes: Talking Evolution

"Suzanne is one of the hardest working scientists I know." --Patrick Phillips

June 01, 2007

Jarita Holbrook: Guiding Star

"I had no idea that there were other African-American woman astronomers until I hooked up with the National Society of Black Physicists during my master's degree." --Jarita Holbrook

April 20, 2007

MiSciNet Profile: Wilfredo Colón

"This idea of research was foreign to me. I'm sure that had it not been for that opportunity, I would not be a scientist today." --Wilfredo Colón

March 23, 2007

A Question of Balance

"I produce 10 data points that completely undermine what everybody thinks they know about the archaeological record here. It was really important and really interesting, and almost nobody believed me." -Joan Brenner Coltrain

November 24, 2006

Saving Languages, Sustaining Communities

“My interest has always been in language structure, the grammar of language,” Axelrod says. “So many different ways to talk about the world, it just makes you think how brilliant we are as human beings.”

May 05, 2006

Group Diversity: Mock Juries Reveal Surprising Effects of Diversity on Groups

"I think that looking at the observable effects of diversity on a group’s performance is a really fruitful way to get a sense of what diversity really means." --Samuel R. Sommers

March 10, 2006

Minority Admissions: Countering Cultural Blocks

Jennifer Zimbroff (pictured above) wanted to understand why qualified high school students, especially minority students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, fail to take advantage of the college opportunities that are available to them.

March 03, 2006

Kenneth Ridgway: Earth Watcher, Earth Teacher

The first step to realizing this vision, says Ridgway, is for students to take a basic geology class and find out what geologists actually do.

November 25, 2005

AESEDA: Global Opportunities for Minority Earth Scientists

“Our goal is to begin to influence the new crop of African academics that can then engage with colleagues here to develop long-lived collaborative relationships.”—Michael Adewumi

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