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" I am not the only scientist to be struck by the power and meaning of Lamium album in bloom. "
" You can pick wild strawberries with your eyes closed, locating them by smell, for they are two parts perfume to one part taste. An hour of searching might yield a handful if you're lucky. Wild strawberries can't be encouraged, nor can they be discouraged: They come to you unbidden and unearned. They appear, or do not, by the grace of the sun. "
" As an environmental scientist, I think our first need is to feed and shelter and nurture. That has always required the exploitation of plant life, and it always will. "
" I grew up in my father's laboratory and played beneath the chemical benches until I was tall enough to play on them. "
" I love to read stories. And I don't to get to talk about my favorite novels very often in my job. "
" I think there are fundamental power imbalances between the sexes that play themselves out in society. And I think science is just not immune to that - which actually isn't a very controversial stance if you think about it. "
" America may say that it values science, but it sure as hell doesn't want to pay for it. "
" We must continue as in millennia past, nourishing the future as we feed ourselves and, each year, plant only the very best of what we have collectively engineered. "
" Science is performed by people, and it's subject to all the various foibles that plague the rest of our social dynamics. "
" There is nothing in the world more perfect than a slide rule. Its burnished aluminum feels cool against your lips, and if you hold it level to the light you can see God's most perfect right angle in each of its corners. "
" I think it's very common that scientists or technical people have an artistic side. Sometimes they are very accomplished musicians. Sometimes they have very fine tastes according to art or design. And often, they've spent a big chunk of their childhood or they're growing-up years trying to get in very good at those activities. "
" The turkey oak can grow practically submerged within the wetlands of Mississippi, its leaves soft as a newborn's skin. "
" Each beginning is the end of a waiting. We are each given exactly one chance to be. Each of us is both impossible and inevitable. "
" The type of science that I do is sometimes known as 'curiosity-driven research.' This means that my work will never result in a marketable product, a useful machine, a prescribable pill, a formidable weapon, or any direct gain. "
" Men and women study things differently, and it's not because of our chromosomes. It's a product of our cultural conditioning. "
" My earliest memories are being in the lab, and the way the cement felt and the way it smelled, and the way the countertops looked and it just being this wonderful, warm, happy place where it was just full of toys. "
" I am a scientist. To be specific, I am a woman scientist. This, I have been told and have come to believe, is a good thing. In fact, it is such a good thing that America needs more of us. Everyone seems to be very sure of this. The thing that no one is sure about, however, is how to make it happen. "
" I love rocks with the unconditional love that you lavish upon a newborn baby. "
" Science is so incremental and so full of setbacks and small steps forward. In order to really thrive in this business, you have to be able to glean as much joy from the failure days and from the small increments as you do from the breakthroughs. "
" I grew up in a small town. "
" Even a very little girl can wield a slide rule, the cursor serving as a haft. "
" I'm a scientist - a geobiologist who's been studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil for over twenty years. One day, I realized that I wanted, needed, to tell people - and not just other scientists - about my life in science. "
" I grew up in a time when there were very few women in the physical sciences. And people started to ask me, 'How did you decide to become a scientist?' And I couldn't really answer. I always knew I'd grow up to have a lab because my dad had one. "
" Women study things in order to figure out how they're connected to other things. I don't know if it's controversial to say that, but that's what I've seen from doing science for a couple of decades. "
" All I have ever wanted is one more day in the lab with the people I care about. And every day that I get that, I am grateful. "
" We have to be very careful about acknowledging that the Internet is very good at combatting isolation, but it's not very good at delivering justice. "
" I am not a farmer; I am a researcher who studies the plants that come to your dinner table, which means that I ask questions for a living. "
" I always knew how privileged I was to think for a living. "
" While both plants and animals awaken via distinct changes in metabolic functioning, most plants prefer to err on the side of caution, waiting for hints of full-on summer before they bloom. "
" My lab is the place where I put my brain out on my fingers. "
" Regardless of politics, our world will continue to change rapidly. "