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" People love the ocean. People are always asking me why I don't study the ocean, because, after all, I live in Hawaii. I tell them that it's because the ocean is a lonely, empty place. "
" Women live in a world where we are forced to consider our safety at every turn. We minimize risk while we maximize activity. It's this constant balancing act that we do. "
" The evasion of justice within academia is all the more infuriating because the course of sexual harassment is so predictable. Since I started writing about women and science, my female colleagues have been moved to share their stories with me; my inbox is an inadvertent clearinghouse for unsolicited love notes. "
" I think my job is to leave some evidence for future generations that there was somebody who cared while we were destroying everything. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Women scientists' hands are like every other woman's hands. "
" I'm interested in how the bare bones of the planet, things that aren't alive, are transformed into things that are alive. "
" There is a fundamental and culturally learned power imbalance between men and women, and it follows us into the workplace. The violence born of this imbalance follows us also. We would like to believe that it stops short of following us into the laboratory and into the field - but it does not. "
" I feel like I'm the same scientist I was back when I couldn't get a grant. Now I'm that same person thinking that same way getting grants. That system of external rewards in science has always mystified me. It's fickle. And I also don't think it was constructed with people like me in mind. "
" A tree's wood is also its memoir. "
" 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. "
" I love rocks with the unconditional love that you lavish upon a newborn baby. "
" I spend a lot of time talking to other scientists and writing to other scientists. "
" I grew up playing with kids who were the kids of people my parents grew up playing with, and they know me like nobody else. I thought everybody was that way when I was growing up, and then I left to go to college, and I realised that the world is full of strangers. "
" No matter how much funding I get, I'm always thinking, 'This is temporary. This is fragile. It could all end tomorrow, and how am I going to make today worth it? If this is my last day in the lab, what can I do so that I can walk out of here saying, 'That was a good day?'' "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A cactus doesn't live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn't killed it yet. "
" I think plants present an opportunity for people to look closely at something and get invested in something that's truly very much outside of themselves. "
" Corn occupies a really special role in what I've been calling American agro-economics. "
" Men and women study things differently, and it's not because of our chromosomes. It's a product of our cultural conditioning. "
" Even a very little girl can wield a slide rule, the cursor serving as a haft. "
" America may say that it values science, but it sure as hell doesn't want to pay for it. "
" One cannot rule out a blizzard in Minnesota after Labor Day, and so when I travel for Thanksgiving or any time in the fall, I am careful to fly into Des Moines instead of Minneapolis and then drive the 200 miles north to my hometown. "
" 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. "
" I am not the only scientist to be struck by the power and meaning of Lamium album in bloom. "
" My lab is the place where I put my brain out on my fingers. "
" Plants are not like us, and the more you study plants, the more different and deep ways you see that they are not like us. "
" 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. "
" My laboratory is like a church because it is where I figure out what I believe. "