Caroline- On The Right Track!

Hello again, it’s Caroline,

I just found out an excessive heat warning is in effect.  A strong high pressure area known as a “heat dome” is building across the United States. More than 195 million people are under watch from this potentially deadly heat wave.  These are the headlines I heard on the news before heading off to swim practice today.

I observe a multitude of challenging problems in the world including air pollution, climate change and diseases such as cancer.  I wanted to choose a problem to solve that would benefit the most people and the environment.

What made me think more deeply was learning about the research of scientists in my area and their use of the scientific method in a systematic and logical approach to discover how things in the universe work – starting with an observation.

Recently, I learned about scientists conducting research on the melting of icebergs and glaciers in Greenland with unmanned aerial drones at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, which could lead to saving the polar bears one day!

I also became familiar with two scientists that have inspired me!  One is Dr. Jennifer Doudna who gave a lecture at the World Science Festival in NYC about her genetic editing technology CRISPR.  I learned about the ethical questions and how it may prevent disease in the future.  I really enjoyed hearing about her journey in science, her wide range of science interests growing up, and learning about DNA.

Another scientist that I was introduced to is materials scientist and chemical engineer Dr. Esther Takeuchi at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University (AERTC).  When she was little, she was curious about what was inside a golf ball so she would sit on the pavement and rub them until she got to see what was inside.  So interesting!  Now she is helping to make the possibility of using renewable energy successful with better batteries and using batteries to restart hearts.

One thing I realized is that these scientists use their imagination and creativity to develop potential solutions and innovations.

What do I think motivates 3M scientists to solve problems?  I think 3M scientists enjoy working together and sharing their knowledge and expertise to create innovations.

Having access to 3M and with my mentor Kandyce Bohannon at my side – I’m on the right track to solving one of the biggest problems we face today!

“Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions” - Albert Einstein

Enjoy your day!