Monday, May 12, 2008

New Scientific American Column: "Where Are They Now?"

A quick personal note that might interest some readers: I just started writing a new column for Scientific American called "Where Are They Now?" This series looks at former Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search finalists and winners, and what they're doing with their lives. We're starting with a couple this week, and the series will run weekly for awhile. The first one is on Roald Hoffmann, the 1981 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. I'll be live-blogging later this week from the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta.

Precocity and potential are fascinating topics. It should surprise no one that some finalists (like Hoffmann) have made amazing discoveries that have garnered lots of attention. Others are more quietly advancing science, and others are not in the sciences at all, but are doing other things with their lives. This series will also investigate issues of building a scientific career, and how that's changed over time. So please come check it out!


Catana said...

I'm looking forward to reading all the profiles and am so glad that they're going to be available online. Just Stumbled the Intro.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea for a column! I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more. :)

Nadia said...

Dear Laura,
You could try using your connections to the Davidsons to get in touch with some STS finalists, because there is overlap between the competitions.