What Ignites a Passion for Science?

What’s an early experience that ignites a passion for science? Three scientists working to inspire the next generation remember what first excited them.

“I used to pan for gold when I was little,” said Damon Tighe, today a genomics researcher and science educator. “It was my first experience with separation techniques. It’s still what I think about when I separate proteins or DNA.”

Horacio Enriquez, now an engineer and materials manager, remembered when, as a high school student in the 1980s, he first saw a computer assisted drawing on a screen. “We didn’t have a computer. We couldn’t afford a computer. So seeing the CAD image touched on that and also made the connection for me with how products, electronics are designed.”

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