Ainissa Ramirez: The making of a science evangelist

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Ainissa Ramirez‘s latest piece in the May 2015 issue of Science (Vol. 348, No. 6235): 


“I have wanted to be a scientist ever since I was a little girl. I got the idea from a television program called 3-2-1 Contact, where I watched a young African-American girl solve problems. I saw my reflection in her and was transfixed. As time passed and my science career progressed, I saw that reflection less often. Now, years later, after a stint in industry and a negative tenure decision, I’m putting myself out there so that others can see their reflection in me. It’s a precarious path, exposed and vulnerable, but so far the fruits of my journey have exceeded my fears.”