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" When I was five, I came to understand that I was not a boy. "
" My lab is the place where I put my brain out on my fingers. "
" My experiences have also convinced me that sexual harassment is very rarely publicly punished after it is reported, and then only after a pattern of relatively egregious offenses. "
" Regardless of politics, our world will continue to change rapidly. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Regardless of what humans do to the climate, there will still be a rock orbiting the sun. "
" The wood of any tree growing anywhere records fairly faithfully the oxygen and hydrogen chemistry of the water the plant has access to through precipitation. "
" 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. "
" America may say that it values science, but it sure as hell doesn't want to pay for it. "
" My laboratory is like a church because it is where I figure out what I believe. "
" The turkey oak can grow practically submerged within the wetlands of Mississippi, its leaves soft as a newborn's skin. "
" 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. "
" 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 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 spend a lot of time talking to other scientists and writing to other scientists. "
" A true scientist doesn't perform prescribed experiments; she develops her own and thus generates wholly new knowledge. "
" One thing that was very important to me was that I felt comfortable in the lab from being very, very small. I knew that that's where I belonged, and I could fix things and move things. And no matter how many classrooms I went into where I was the only girl in the physics class or whatever, I never questioned the fact that I didn't belong there. "
" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" I am not the only scientist to be struck by the power and meaning of Lamium album in bloom. "
" 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. "
" For a tree, to endure four months of daylight is like you or I going without sleep for four months. "
" My father was a scientist, and I grew up in his laboratory. Maybe I am like him, but he is not like me. "
" Your bones are not just made of the last meal you had, but the meals that you've had across many years. By looking at the composition of those teeth, researchers can say that something was a large component of the diet. This tells us a lot about how hominins lived and what they ate. "
" 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. "
" We must feed, shelter, and nurture one another as our first priority, and to do so, we must avail ourselves of our best technologies, which have always included some type of genetic modification. "
" I love the quiet forest that stands between my lab and my home. "
" 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. "
" The world is a fickle place, and it's not fair. But if you're getting most of your rewards from you, then you can use that as a kind of compass, and you can be secure in the fact that you're working for the right reason, and you're going in the right direction. "