A life in science

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of life. As a grad student, sometimes I get so focused on one thing that I tend to forget to take a step back and really appreciate and acknowledge how awesome it is that I get to do research for a living. Such has been the last month of my life.

However, on the last day of the last month in 2012, I find it fitting to do just that.

2012 has been a great year of advances in science as a whole. Pretty amazing stuff. Even more amazing are the people who came before us that allow us to do what we do.

As a woman, I am intrigued and inspired by other women( in general because we are amazing creatures). And even more so by women in science from before my time..a time when seeing women working outside the home was not commonplace. The Marie Curies, Rosalind Franklins and Françoise Barré-Sinoussis of the world.

Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini who recently passed away was one such amazing woman. She was 103. She had a very interesting life and won the Nobel prize in 1986 (with Stanley Cohen)  for discovering growth factors.

Today, I think it appropriate to share a quote from her.

“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them” – Rita Levi-Montalcini

I wish everyone a new year filled with difficult moments and amazing breakthroughs!

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012)


Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012)

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