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Thursday, December 01, 2005 

You go, (Professor) girl!

Meet Dr. Kristi S. Anseth. Dr. Anseth is a tissue engineer--reassembling life's basic building blocks into something that becomes living tissues within a body. At the age of only 37, she also has the distinction of becoming the first engineer to become a Howard Hughes medical investigator, "a prize usually reserved for Nobel-worthy researchers in the basic sciences," as noted in the article.

I've been lucky to have several good female mentors in biology and epidemiology; it's good to see an increase in female role models in other sciences as well, especially fields that are traditionally very male-heavy like engineering. Kudos.

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  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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