I am a scientist.
In what way?
Well currently, I am a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine studying Human Genetics.
What does being a scientist mean?
To me, it means the relentless pursuit of answers.
How do I(and other scientists) find answers?
By implementing the scientific method.
Remember? That thing you learned in grade school and perhaps the one and only thing you may remember from your science class, besides the fact that the mitochondria is the “powerhouse” of the cell 😉
Scientists by no means are perfect. Experiments and the analysis of results can often be interpreted in different ways, but ultimately through replication and peer-review we as a community seek to provide answers that will benefit society.
Essentially everything you use in your day-to-day life is because a scientist spent a REALLY long time in school, and in the lab, figuring out how to solve a problem.
You may be asking, “Yeah, yeah, I get it, scientists rock, but why does this matter?”
It matters because unfortunately science is under attack.
I’m not writing this to state my opinion. Science is not about opinions. Science is about facts.
I marched on Saturday, April 22nd to defend the scientific community, not only from the denial of facts, but from our potential defunding.
Scientific research protects our future, and I will always fight to protect our future.
By the end I was a wee bit soaked, but the community spirit was energizing.
This is just the start of a long fight!
Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette