In highschool, I took my first biology class and sat at the lab table with cool people the first week. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to be cool, I just liked the people. They were always doing amuzing things. Most of time the amusement was tied to future punishment. But I like the oddball. It seems the odd is many times more real and honest than the supposed perfection of the pretty people.
Anyway, after a week I had to choose. Follow the fun of odd or follow my passions centered around science. I moved from the back corner lab table to the front and center lab table with the smart dull people. I took my 1st test and received my expected 100%. Biology came easy for me.
To my dismay, my teacher called me to her desk and wanted to know who’s test I copied. Talk about being speechless. It’s true I didn’t study, but that didn’t mean I cheated. It just meant some things come easy for me.I was with the “bad” crowd in the back and moved up front for the test. Cheating seemed a logical conclusion to her.
This teacher turned into a life long mentor and friend. With her encouragement, I interned at Southwest Research in high school and later was hired as a student scientist, even before I graduated from college. She is special and recently had the Peggy Carnahan Elementary School named after her.
My physics training and professional work on the Cruise Missile program underscores a simple fact: “Drawing conclusion with insufficient information is a risky business…”
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