This question came into my twitter feed today:
hey im a student at overton high school and i was wondering what got you interested in science?My response couldn't be put into 140 characters, so I am answering her here.
Looking back, I realize that I have always been a scientist. My question to others would be along the lines of "what made you lose interest in science?" We are all born scientists, using our senses to discover the world around us and learn how it behaves. Somewhere along the way some people "turn off" to science, either thinking it is too hard or not interesting. I never went that way.
I was born the same month Sputnik was launched and the subsequent national aeronautical focus may have contributed to my scientific interests, but the nature in my immediate surroundings was always in my face, so to speak. I am an environmental scientist by college degree, but love all the scientific disciplines. Everyday, I see a "natural phenomenon" that makes me think now that is cool! This morning it was butterflies. Yesterday it was cloud watching.
|Native specie Joe Pye Weed, teaming with butterflies and honeybees, Aug 2012|
May you never lose your curiosity and wonder at the natural world.