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" The turkey oak can grow practically submerged within the wetlands of Mississippi, its leaves soft as a newborn's skin. "
" For a tree, to endure four months of daylight is like you or I going without sleep for four months. "
" My life is pretty small. Even as a successful scientist, I'm not a public figure. I like people - I just don't know that many! "
" During the mid-1990s, I collected thousands of hackberry fruits from trees all across the Midwest. I chemically analyzed each seed in order to formulate an equation relating the hackberry's mineral makeup to the summer temperature under which it grew. "
" 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. "
" My lab is the place where I put my brain out on my fingers. "
" I think we get used to not seeing the green things around us. I think they become the backdrop of our lives. And I think you actively have to ask somebody to request that they put that in the foreground. "
" 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. "
" Even a very little girl can wield a slide rule, the cursor serving as a haft. "
" A seed knows how to wait... A seed is alive while it waits. "
" Like all professors, I also do a lot of extra jobs for which I was never trained, such as advising former students as they navigate the wider world. "
" I was a promising graduate student. I landed a position as a professor before I even started to write my dissertation. While I prepared to start my new job, I decided that I would begin by studying the brine that bleeds sideways within the rocks that underlie the inner Aegean region of Turkey. "
" I think, as you move to the upper ranks of science - ranks being positions of influence and access - you see fewer female faces. And I think the basic reason is the same reason that you don't see a lot of female faces in Congress or on the Supreme Court or on the directing board of Fortune 500 companies. "
" In New England, the pin oak thrives, its leaves tipping to a thorny point in a good-natured impression of its evergreen neighbor, the holly bush. "
" 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 think the best learning is done with active manipulation. And we need to be able to work with our hands; it's not just about using our brains. "
" A cactus doesn't live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn't killed it yet. "
" My father was a physicist, while I am a biogeochemist. I live to study plants, and he has never had more than a generic interest in biology. "
" Ask a science professor what she worries about. It won't take long. She'll look you in the eye and say one word: 'Money.' "
" My father was a scientist, and I grew up in his laboratory. Maybe I am like him, but he is not like me. "
" 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. "
" Regardless of politics, our world will continue to change rapidly. "
" Corn occupies a really special role in what I've been calling American agro-economics. "
" America may say that it values science, but it sure as hell doesn't want to pay for it. "
" I think my job is to leave some evidence for future generations that there was somebody who cared while we were destroying everything. "
" When I was 23, my Norwegian relatives taught me how to sit still. During the long sunlit evenings in the summer of 1992, my cousins would lead me across the farm to the edge of the forest, each of us lugging a folding chair. There, in a scraggly bramble of wild blueberries, we would set them down a few yards apart, each in our own little patch. "
" I am a scientist who studies plants. I like plants. I think about plants almost every hour of the day, and several hours of the night as well. "
" 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. "
" The deadnettle is the Punxsutawney Phil of the plant world: short of stature but stout of heart. At the first hint of winter's wane, its stem rises from the ground, and a green, grasping hand of sepals unclenches to divulge two silky-white petals, one of which unfurls straight up toward the sky. "
" Science is performed by people, and it's subject to all the various foibles that plague the rest of our social dynamics. "
" 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. "