The phenomenon of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes seems to be a prevalent cultural theme in 2011, so why not try it in the science lab too? A dozen older adults took part in a pilot program called Citizen Scientist that placed them in campus research laboratories. And the reaction to the pilot is that the program is a go for another season.
Doing research can sometimes be a full-time job, even for Beckman Institute faculty members who already have teaching and other duties. So how does a doctor who sees patients and performs surgery sometimes on a daily basis decide to add research to his list of duties? For Dr. Huan (John) Wang, there was no other choice. Major life decisions for this neurosurgeon come not from his head but from his heart.
As a Ph.D. student at the Beckman Institute Devorah Klein studied how people store meaning for language production. In her present-day job at a global firm known for innovations in everything from healthcare to furniture, she is a principal leader of a design team of up to 20 people. Despite the seeming differences, Klein says Beckman was the perfect training ground for her current position.
Kyle Mathewson, a member of the newest class of Beckman Institute Fellows, illustrates the saying that chance favors the prepared mind.
The Fall 2011 issue of Synergy features researchers who don't fit the stereotype. We take a look at a unique program that puts older adults in the labs of Beckman Institute researchers and a physician who makes research part of his practice. There are also profiles of a Beckman alum who has found success in the business world and a new Fellow who is making the most of opportunity.