The 30-year-old Japanese researcher who led a scientific discovery of potentially Nobel proportions has caused a media storm in her home country. Everyone wants to know: who exactly is the young woman behind the pipette?
Any rikejo followers out there who want to share their experiences?
Also, I hope she gets a Nobel for this work. And I hope she shows up to the ceremony wearing that pink apron. Because she is probably one of the few people on this planet possessing the badassery to pull it off.
Also x2, I think I am going to gift my supervisor a bright pink trash can (and a bottle of good Scotch) when I finish my program. I think he’d like that.
Oh my gosh - pink things in a lab making groundbreaking discoveries?!?!?! Is that even possible??? Sarcasm!!!
Of course of it’s possible. And awesome. But really, let’s move on from the pink thing and talk more about revolutionizing stem cell research.
Also, does the Wall Street Journal usually not refer to people with Ph.D.s as Dr.? Because her professional title is Dr. Obokata, not Ms. Obokata (unless there is a cultural difference in title usage I’m not aware of).
I thought I would be clever at work this morning and print out an appetizer
recipe while everything was nice and quiet. Conveniently our group’s second
in command was retrieving his printouts from the copier at the exact same
Yesterday at dinner my mom was reminding us about her snow day rituals of sleeping with your pajamas inside out and leaving all your spoons on the window sill. She’s still working in a school and gets rather excited about snow days.
On the other hand my brother and I promptly pointed out that we’re both hourlies and don’t get paid on snow days. Consequently we don’t look forward to snow days.
“Science and math are fascinating and fundamental. They require as much discipline to study and master as an athlete working to be a football player, or a musician attempting to land a recording contract. Hours and hours of practice go into the mastery of the field. But the rewards are just as terrific! Imagine being the first person to make a discovery, to have a mathematical principle named after you or to make the fundamental discoveries that take civilization to the next level? In the annals of history the athletes and musicians fade, but the ones who make fundamental improvements in humankind’s way of life, and in their understanding of the Universe, live on in their discoveries.”—Claudia Alexander (source), Project scientist, giving advice to students interested in science, math or engineering. (via womeninspace)