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  •  A recent example of inspiration .... (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, high uintas, gizmo59, jwinIL14

    ..... came to the writer Rebecca Skloot - who wrote the best-selling The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks about the woman whose cells became vital to the medical profession.

      As a student at age sixteen, her science teacher Donald Defler mentioned her name in class but added "no one knows anything about her"; leading Rebecca to follow-up with him after class. "If you’re curious,” he told me, “go do some research, write up a little paper about what you find and I’ll give you some extra credit.”

      Later, in taking a creative writing course while planning to become a veterinarian, her writing instructor John Calderazzo asked, "Do you realize you’re a writer? And do you know there’s such a thing as a science writer?" I didn’t. He told me he thought the world needed more people who understood science and could convey it to the public.

      Those two events led her to publish the book after years of research and - after tracking down her biology teacher - sent a copy of the book with this note: "Dear Mr. Defler, here’s my extra credit project. It’s 22 years late, but I have a good excuse: No one knew anything about her."

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 08:31:40 PM PDT

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