A Science Career Against all Odds

Figure 12 Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain. from our Chicago time (see page 6-30) and was augmented in 1966 with a small unit in the kitchen. Summers in Ithaca were not as hot as in Chicago or Hastings, but being able to sleep well ...

Author: Bernhard Wunderlich

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642111963

Category: Science

Page: 519

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Today is Sunday, June 17, 2007. Father’s Day. Naturally, the obligatory, carefully selected cards, phone calls, and small gifts arrived from the children and grandchildren. Best wishes for Father’s Day were also the first words in the morning from Heidel, my wife of 54 years, although for many years I had made the comment: “I am not your father. ” But, in the frame of my life’s experiences th th in the 20 century, as I intend to summarize them over the next few years, the 17 of June has much deeper significance. This was the day in 1953 when we finally fled from our life of oppression which had lasted 20 years. Two successive dictatorships, one of Hitler and the other of Stalin, caused the most horrific slaughter of civilians and soldiers, eclipsing all prior history. During these first years of my life, I was plainly lucky to survive. After this day, I had a much better chance to experience the freedom needed to lead a life of creativity, satisfaction, and ultimately prosperity, all directed largely by our own decisions. th The 17 of June 1953 was a Wednesday. I stayed in the apartment of my parents in my hometown of Brandenburg, in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the former Russian occupied zone of Germany. The summer vacation of the Humboldt University in East Berlin, some 40 mi further east, had just started. But, I was alone with my father, “Vati.

Against All Odds

We know all too well that in some countries more than others, it is common to encounter mediocre male scientists and mathematicians in university corridors who have reached their career peaks mainly thanks to their academic genealogies.

Author: Eva Kaufholz-Soldat

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030476103

Category: Education

Page: 319

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This book presents an overview of the ways in which women have been able to conduct mathematical research since the 18th century, despite their general exclusion from the sciences. Grouped into four thematic sections, the authors concentrate on well-known figures like Sophie Germain and Grace Chisholm Young, as well as those who have remained unnoticed by historians so far. Among them are Stanisława Nidodym, the first female students at the universities in Prague at the turn of the 20th century, and the first female professors of mathematics in Denmark. Highlighting individual biographies, couples in science, the situation at specific European universities, and sociological factors influencing specific careers from the 18th century to the present, the authors trace female mathematicians’ status as it evolved from singular and anomalous to virtually commonplace. The book also offers insights into the various obstacles women faced when trying to enter perhaps the “most male” discipline of all, and how some of them continue to shape young girls’ self-perceptions and career choices today. Thus, it will benefit scholars and students in STEM disciplines, gender studies and the history of science; women in science, mathematics and at institutions, and those working in mathematics education.

A Child Against All Odds

He was chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005, and had begun his scientific career in research in molec» ular biology at the National Institutes of Health before (as he says) shifting direction from doing ...

Author: Lord Robert Winston

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446437566

Category: Science

Page: 560

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Compared to the famously fecund rabbit, for whom a single act of coitus has a 90% chance of creating a litter of up to 12 rabbits, humans are very infertile animals. Here in the UK, the average chance of conception is about 18% per month. And in 98% of cases, successful conception leads only to the birth of a single infant. It is unsurprising then that huge efforts have been made to increase our fertility. In vitro fertilisation, first attempted one hundred years ago, has now become big business. Market forces, combined with the desperation of many couples to fulfil their biological imperative, have pushed doctors and scientists closer to the boundaries of what is desirable or ethical. And as we are increasingly able to access and control the embryo, the opportunities of altering human genetics to eradicate disease, but also to change human characteristics, becomes a real, and to some, frightening possibility. A Child Against All Odds is a ground-breaking book for Robert Winston as it falls squarely in his area of expertise. It combines his work at Hammersmith Hospital as one of the country's leading fertility specialists, with a hard-hitting, sometimes humorous, often controversial look at the scientific, social and ethical background of man's struggle to discover and control the secrets of reproduction. Drawing on personal and professional experience, it is the definitive account of modern reproductive technology from a practitioner who has spent his professional life at the forefront of this most fascinating and emotive area of science.

Against all Odds

Vani loves to explore about love, science and mythology. ... If she isn't spending time with her friends and family, you can find her all alone with herself. ... She gives a ride to her career with us; Against all odds. AGAINST ALL THE ...

Author: Nishka Katariya

Publisher: The Little Booktique Hub


Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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While true love never runs smoothly, as Shakespeare observed, some couples encounter more challenges than others. There could be a significant age difference between them, or they could be of different religions. Their partnership is frequently predicted to collapse. Couples who are in love despite all odds must battle to protect what they hold dear. They can keep their love's sacredness intact by believing that they are perfect just the way they are. Not all romances lead to picture-perfect plotlines and not all happily-ever-afters look the same. Unlike fairy tales, real-life love stories can be more convoluted, and they frequently end in tragedy and heartbreak. What's more painful is that couples don't live happily ever after not because of a lack of love, but because of the changes that make believing in a happy ending seem unattainable. Life is difficult enough on its own, and sharing it with someone may make it even more difficult - especially if the rest of the world believes you should not be together. You don't have to believe in fate; you can forge your own path and fight for the person you love in the face of all adversity. "Against all odds" is a book of proses and poems, that talks about love against all odds!

Crucible of Science

Against All Odds. Early. Career. Mildred Cohn was a diminutive woman who exhibited determination, tenacity, and a passion for science throughout her long career. As mentioned above, Mildred Cohn wrote a charming and informative ...

Author: John H. Exton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199861072

Category: Science

Page: 226

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Examines the careers of Carl and Gerty Cori, and the other eminent scientists who trained in their laboratory

Analysis of Science Technology and Innovation in Emerging Economies

With these results in mind, the participants in the Budapest conference—where the teaching of the sciences was a central ... the so-called new humanism (UNESCO, 2011b), participation in the knowledge of 199 AGAINST ALL ODDS: SCIENTIFIC ...

Author: Clara Inés Pardo Martínez

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030135780

Category: Social Science

Page: 321

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This book outlines a number of different perspectives on the relationship between science, technology, and innovation in emerging economies. In it, the authors explore the aforementioned relationship as a pillar of economic development, driving growth in emerging economies. Employing a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, the authors work to determine the main related factors and outcomes of the relationship between science, technology, and innovation, ultimately seeking to guide public policies to enhance the welfare of the population of an emerging economy.


He was expected to come and take up the job of an Agricultural Science instructor in the mostly black school. ... He had enough money and a growing career at Iowa, but he was yet to find fulfilment. ... 15 AGAINST ALL ODDS.


Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496978617

Category: Self-Help

Page: 226

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You never know how strong you are until you rouse the champion in you! Against All Odds chronicles the real-life stories of men and women who conquered personal and societal limitations to achieve the seemingly impossible. In Against All Odds, you'll discover, among other riveting narratives, how * George Carver overcame chronic disease, deprivation, and discrimination to become a remarkable scientist and renowned inventor; * Elizabeth Blackwell rose above gender bias and fierce opposition to become the first woman to earn a degree in medicine; * Abraham Lincoln became a celebrated lawyer, legislator, and president despite his prolonged battle with depression, defeat, and distress; * Fanny Crosby, the blind girl from a backwater town, became the most prolific hymn writer in history; * Harriet Tubman overcame the horrors of a turbulent and traumatic childhood to liberate herself from the bondage of slavery and helped to rescue many other slaves from the captivity of their cruel masters; and * Ben Carson successfully battled mediocrity and low self-esteem to change his reputation from being the "dumbest student" in the class to being one of the most brilliant doctors in the world.

Failing Families Failing Science

Young Women Are Not Willing to Do Science “At Any Cost” The young female scientists we interviewed often said they see ... few who “made it” in science against all odds and often in the face of constant overt and covert discrimination.

Author: Elaine Ecklund

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479843121

Category: Education

Page: 224

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Work life in academia might sound like a dream: summers off, year-long sabbaticals, the opportunity to switch between classroom teaching and research. Yet, when it comes to the sciences, life at the top U.S. research universities is hardly idyllic. Based on surveys of over 2,000 junior and senior scientists, both male and female, as well as in-depth interviews, Failing Families, Failing Science examines how the rigors of a career in academic science makes it especially difficult to balance family and work. Ecklund and Lincoln paint a nuanced picture that illuminates how gender, individual choices, and university and science infrastructures all play a role in shaping science careers, and how science careers, in turn, shape family life. They argue that both men and women face difficulties, though differently, in managing career and family. While women are hit harder by the pressures of elite academic science, the institution of science—and academic science, in particular—is not accommodating, possibly not even compatible, for either women or men who want to raise families. Perhaps most importantly, their research reveals that early career academic scientists struggle considerably with balancing their work and family lives. This struggle may prevent these young scientists from pursuing positions at top research universities—or further pursuing academic science at all— a circumstance that comes at great cost to our national science infrastructure. In an era when advanced scientific research and education is more important than ever, Failing Families, Failing Science presents a compelling inside look at the world of the university scientists who make it possible—and what universities and national science bodies can do to make a difference in their lives.

Who Succeeds in Science

Another contributing factor to his success against all odds was his choice to delay marriage and parenthood . He was very flexible geographically and pursued all opportunities for career advancement regardless of where they were located ...

Author: Gerhard Sonnert

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813522203

Category: Science

Page: 215

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Why don't more women become scientists? And why do those who do become scientists often face more difficulties than their male counterparts? Every year, about a quarter of a million young men and women in the United States receive their first academic degree in science, mathematics, or engineering. A small fraction will eventually become research scientists. But many who start out with that goal fail to reach it--for reasons that may have less to do with their scientific ability than with their gender. Drawing on a wealth of information (699 questionnaires and 200 interviews) from men and women who gave every promise of scientific achievement, Gerhard Sonnert and Gerald Holton illuminate the partly gender-driven dynamics of "the leaky scientific pipeline." At the heart of this book are gripping personal life stories of ten women and ten men: half became highly successful scientists, the rest left research science. In their own voices, they talk candidly about their career paths, the obstacles and assists they encountered, the difficulties and rewards of attempting to combine a family life with a science career. This highly readable analysis of the gender dimension in scientific careers--and its clear-headed advice--will be of great interest to everyone considering a career in science as well as to teachers, parents, and active scientists. Academics in sociology of science and gender studies as well as decision-makers in the areas of human resources and science policy will also welcome its discussions of general issues and policy recommendations.

The Culture of Science Education

It includes studies on ethical issues as professionals such as dentists move from dental school to private practice ... to write in this chapter and in particular what to choose as a title , “ Against all Odds ” comes to my mind first .


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 908790360X

Category: Education


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The Culture of Science Education: Its History in Person features the auto/biographies of the professional lives of 22 science educators from 11 countries situated in different places along the career ladder within an ongoing narrative of the cultural history of the field. Many contributors began to identify as science educators at about the time Sputnik was launched but others were not yet born. Hence the book articulates the making of a field with its twists and turns that define a career as a scholar in science education.