#WeAreScience

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One of the reasons I started the “Meet a Scientist” series was to try and show that scientists are normal people, not the usual stereotypes you often see in the media. For me, one of the most surprising things to come out of that series were the pathways my colleagues had taken to reach their science careers. Thinking I had a strange path was completely wrong. It actually seemed to be the norm.

My first realization that I wasn’t alone was last year while interviewing Dr. Stephen Curry. He mentioned he was working on a film called “I’m A Scientist” and how he wanted to show non-scientists that we are all not geniuses or Nobel Prize winners, but just people. Curious and very stubborn people. He did a brilliant job and if you haven’t seen it, please watch:

The latest connection to this idea is a blog post titled “#IamScience: Embracing Personal Experience on Our Rise Through Science” by Kevin Zelnio. Kevin describes his own amazing winding journey to a science career. He too thought he was alone in his odd path, only to find he was surrounded by very common company.

He started the hashtag #IamScience on Twitter as a way for others to describe their journey and the idea quickly spread. Soon hundreds of people created this beautiful common thread of reasons they became scientists and their often contorted ways of getting there. Some of the comments were set to music in this gorgeous video by Mindy Weisberger.

I Am Science from Mindy Weisberger on Vimeo.

So thank you Stephen, Kevin and all the amazing people using #IamScience for putting a real face to what we do. You are all amazing and I am proud to call you my colleagues, no matter how weird you think you are. :O)

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