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This blog was posted on behalf of Evie Sobczak, 16, of St. Petersburg, Fla. Evie received the Innovation Exploration Award at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on algae oil production. The award included a behind-the-scenes visit to the California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Safety goggles in place for a tour of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at Caltech’s Resnick Institute for Sustainability.
(L to R) Intel Program Manager Barbara Carman; Intel International Science and Engineering Fair winners Evie Sobczak, Samantha Marquez, Michael Janner; Caltech Research Engineer Slobodan Mitrovic
PHOTO CREDIT: Mitch Aiken/CalTech
From the second I arrived, I was on a scientific thrill ride with 24 informational twists and turns through California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). On day one at Caltech, we managed to see everything from a Paleomagnetics Lab to an Ion Probe Lab with Mitch Aiken, the associate director for educational outreach, leading the way. We started out with a quick campus tour where we learned the history of Caltech, including the infamous Caltech and MIT Cannon saga. From there, we dipped into the world of sustainability at the Resnick Institute for Sustainability and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, where they focus on developing new methods to generate power and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, a theme prevalent in my 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair research. The equipment in these labs makes my garage workshop look even more pathetic. The fact that they test more than a million samples a day is unimaginable.
The next helix loop is one I will never forget: a tour of the Baltimore Biology Lab by Nobel Laureate himself Dr. David Baltimore. I was stunned that one of the greatest biologists wanted to spend time with three teenage, wannabe scientists. After a spin tour through his lab, he took us to lunch where he shared his Nobel Prize story with us – a definite “aha” moment for me.
After a swoop through a couple of tectonic and glacial labs, we arrived at the most interactive lab: the Kavli Nanoscience Institute Clean Room. After suiting up and being blasted with air, we were lint-free and ready for admission. Through the double doors, there were a dozen scientists programing machines to etch microscopic circuits onto cracker-sized wafers. The atmosphere was as intense as it was sterile.
After zooming through the campus all day, I was thrilled that it was dinner time and even more excited to meet our dinner companion, Erika DeBenedictis, the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search winner! It was fascinating to hear about her life after winning the competition and all she has accomplished.
On day two, we were catapulted over to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The G force barely kept me in my seat as excitement spewed out of me. We were escorted to Dr. Charles Elachi’s office, the JPL director. I would have thought it was a dream if I hadn’t snapped a quick picture with him. We then headed to the Visitor Center Museum & Spacecraft Models. Luckily we had Mr. David Seidel, deputy education director, a.k.a. spacecraft virtuoso, as our tour director. He shared stories about the spacecraft as we ascended to the Mars Yard, a replica of the fourth planet from the sun – complete with furry aliens. You couldn’t even imagine my excitement when I saw Bambi and his mother. That’s right, free roaming deer – a sight not common on the beaches of Florida that I call home. Another uncommon sight was the Mars rover’s identical twin, the testing rover. It was hard to believe that every task completed on Mars is first tested here in California, nearly 140 million miles away. After a briefing on all that Curiosity has to offer, we began our descent to the Earth Science Center where we met Douglas Ellison, the creator of a website that provides the location of every satellite on every planet. Doug is quite popular at the JPL, as his height is used as its universal measurement, i.e. “one satellite is 70 Dougs tall.”
Inspecting instrumentation for advanced nanofabrication in Caltech’s Kavli Nanoscience Institute’s Clean Room.
(L to R) Evie Sobczak, Michael Janner, Samantha Marquez, Caltech Associate Director for Educational Outreach, Mitch Aiken
PHOTO CREDIT: Melissa Melendes/Caltech
Our third day went by at supersonic speed. We first met up with Tara Estlin, one of the drivers of the Mars Rover Opportunity. She took us to the Mars Exploration Rover Sequencing Team daily briefing. By that time I was getting very anxious as it was now our turn to present our projects, and mine was no space rover or nano device.
The auditorium stage was big and the audience members’ IQs were even bigger, but they treated us like science superstars as they listened attentively and encouraged us to continue our research.
After a quick, delicious bite, we were off to the Space Flight Operations Facility where we saw a familiar face: Adam Steltzner, the opening ceremony speaker at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. We were each able to speak with him one-on-one about our projects, before we were whisked away to see the Cassini Mission Operations where we learned about Saturn and its moons.
Our last stop was the Nano Device Technology Lab. I have never met anyone more passionate about his work than Dr. Farouhar. The future of nanotechnology looks tremendous with him at the helm. But sadly, the most exhilarating ride of my life was over.
My time at Caltech and JPL was immensely educational and inspiring. My sincerest gratitude to Intel’s Barbara Carman, Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, Caltech’s Mitch Aiken, NASA’s David Seidel, NASA’s Larry Bergman, and all the scientists, engineers, and staff at Caltech and JPL who shared their passion with us. They made me realize that it isn’t just the discoveries that are important, but it’s the passion they bring to their research. I also would like to thank Intel and the Society for Science and the Public for providing me this invaluable opportunity. You truly have informed, educated and inspired me!
P.S. If you were wondering about the lodging and food, it was amazing! We got to stay at The Atheneum, a private club located on the Caltech campus that houses visiting scientists. It is where Albert Einstein lived when he worked at the university. Filled with scientific journals and paintings of famous scientists, the place makes you feel motivated just walking through the halls. The food is just as enticing as the surroundings. The whole wheat blackberry pancakes were scrumptious, the sushi buffet was delectable, and the bananas foster and chocolate fountain were a dream come true. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of science fair season than visiting this educational institution where research surrounds you. Work hard my friends, for it pays off.
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High school senior year. This phrase means different things to different people. For some, it’s a memory of the past – for others (ahem), a not so distant memory. For others still, it’s a year that many look forward to with longing, when SATs and ACTs and college applications will all be done. And for those of you who are just entering your final year of high school this fall, senior year can mean a world of opportunity.
Today marks the opening day for submissions to the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, and a program of the Society for Science & the Public.
Just think – you could be one of 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists, representing the brightest and most innovative young scientists in the United States. Did we mention the all expenses paid week-long trip to Washington, D.C., a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money – and maybe even a meeting with the President!?
Last year’s top winner, Sara Volz, won the top award of $100,000 for her research of algae biofuels. Sara used artificial selection to establish populations of algae cells with high oil content, which are essential for an economically feasible biofuel. Sara, who built a home lab under her loft bed, sleeps on the same light cycle as her algae.
Who will this year’s most promising young scientists be?
Full details are available on the SSP website.
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This morning the U.S. EPA released their updated list of Green Power Partners – a list that we’ve topped for the past five years. In 2013, Intel is committed to purchasing over 3.1 BILLION kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits, equal to 100% of our U.S. electricity use.
And while we love to share our own achievements in this space (check out my blog post from last month), what’s really great about this list is the fact it exists, and that there are so many organizations out there committed. The top 5 Green Power Partners are collectively committed to more than 8 billion kilowatt-hours of green power, and many of the organizations on this list are purchasing more than 100% of their electricity use in green energy. That’s something we can all celebrate.
I live in sunny Phoenix, Arizona – where the high today is 107° Fahrenheit (that’s close to 42°C for the rest of you). It would be an understatement to say that it’s hot outside, and the sun is almost always shining. Tomorrow, June 21, marks the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice; the day we’ll get the most sun all year. And even though I frequently grumble about how hot and sweaty I get just walking from my cubicle to my car, I’m also thankful, because solar power is one of our planet’s most abundant resources.
And believe me, this is something that Intel recognizes. Since 2009, we have partnered with third party organizations to complete 18 solar electric installations on nine Intel campuses—in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Israel and Vietnam—collectively generating more than 10 million kWh per year of clean solar energy. The projects include a 1-megawatt solar field that spans nearly 6 acres of land on Intel’s Folsom, California campus, rooftop installations and solar support structures in Intel parking lots. The project in Vietnam is the country’s largest solar project and has received awards from the Vietnamese government. The renewable energy credits generated by these installations are often transferred to local utilities to support their regulatory obligations and programs.
For the past five years, we’ve also been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the U.S. In 2013, Intel has committed to purchasing 3.1 billion kWh, which is enough to meet 100 percent of our U.S. electricity use for the year. This will have the equivalent environmental impact of eliminating the CO2 emissions from the annual electricity use of more than 320,000 U.S. homes.
Our renewable energy efforts are intended to provide leadership, help spur the market, make renewables less expensive and more accessible over the long term and reduce overall carbon emissions from electricity. We have increased our investment levels over the past five years despite the economic downturn because of the projected long-term benefits. So, while I’m sure tomorrow I’ll grumble about the hot sun of the summer solstice beating down on me, at least I know we’re taking steps to harness some of its power.
For more information about Intel’s commitment to environmental sustainability, read our 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report.
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Every year, nearly one-third of food, or 1.3 billion tons, produced for human consumption around the world is wasted. That’s more than the weight of 3,500 empire state buildings! Last year alone, Americans used more than 140 tons of disposable dishware, including roughly 99 tons of Styrofoam containers and 44 tons of paper cups and plates. That’s a lot of waste. In today’s green-minded society, companies are looking at new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Earlier this year, Intel launched We Recycle, an employee initiative that aims to recycle 90 percent of the company’s solid waste – about 8,200 tons of it. To engage our employees and increase our company’s recycling rate, We Recycle introduced centralized areas for recycling at participating Intel sites to better manage food waste. Additionally, Intel cafeterias now have reusable dishware to reduce waste from disposable utensils.
Over the past five years, we’ve recycled about 75 percent of our waste, so this new goal of recycling 90 percent in one year is an ambitious leap in the right direction. This environmental goal is also one of several employee-driven metrics that determine our annual employee bonus compensation.
You, too, can have a hand in combatting food waste and loss. Today is World Environment Day, an annual, global initiative sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme that aims to raise awareness for positive environmental action. This year’s theme is “Think, Eat, Save,” with a specific emphasis on reducing food waste and loss.
How are you celebrating World Environment Day? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below! Check out the infographic on the left to learn more about our recycling initiatives.
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This blog was posted on behalf of Brian David Johnson (@IntelFuturist). As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called “future casting”—using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data, and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool.
It was hot in Phoenix Arizona, over 100 degrees and rising. As I walked to the convention center, an intense sun banged down through a hazy blue sky and made me wonder if I needed to put on a hat. I’m from Portland, Oregon where I get about this much sun exposure in an entire year. Before I could begin my search for a Diamondbacks baseball hat, I was whisked through a crowd and into the beautiful chaos that is Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair.
Standing backstage at Intel ISEF was like being transported to the command center of an immense and loud space station – and I was standing next to a person that really does know what a command center actually looks like…
I run into Adam Steltzner in the strangest places. You may know Adam as the rock star NASA engineer who worked on the Mars Curiosity Landing team… (Let me remind you…they used a hover craft to land a massive robot on the surface of Mars. A hover craft!! That’s just plain awesome!) …but I know Adam as the guy who pops up everywhere. The last time we had hung out had been backstage in the bowels of Burbank, California on the dark set of Discovery Channel’s TV show Big Brain Theory (New episodes every Wednesday at 10/9c – you can also see a preview of our episode here).
So, like I said, backstage at Intel ISEF was like the command center of a gigantic space station, and Adam knows space stations. Check out his picture from that night.
We stood backstage as a group of acrobats pumped up the already ecstatic crowd of 4000 attendees. I had come to Intel ISEF to introduce my buddy Adam, but also to announce an international fiction competition called “The Future: Powered by Fiction.”
Then it was show time. The stage manager gave me the 1 minute to go signal as they started my introduction. I’ve spoken at Intel ISEF before so I knew what to expect. The opening ceremony is a riot of geeky enthusiasm led by the 1600 finalists that have come to show off their work at the fair. (The other 2400 or so in the room are teachers, parents and the army of supportive adults needed to make the event happen). I had spent the previous hours after leaving the AZ sun walking the fair of the science floor, overwhelmed by the intelligence and creativity of each and every science project. But when I took the stage I knew what I’d be confronted with. The music started pumping, they called my name, I ran out on stage, and was met by 1600 screaming geniuses!
Science and technology have progressed to the point where what we build is only constrained by the limits of our own imaginations (a quote from @intc_rattner), and that’s a big deal. It means that our science and technology are not the things that are holding us back from doing amazing things. What’s holding us back is the limit of our own imaginations. It’s our ability to imagine a wildly different future, to dare to imagine an incredibly more awesome future than we have now.
That’s why we need science fiction! Science fiction gives us a language to talk about the future. Science fiction, based on science fact, allows us to imagine just past the possible and from there, we can build amazing things.
This is where my 1600 screaming geniuses come in. Standing on stage, I told the crowd that as a futurist I needed their help. I needed their visions for the future. I wanted to know what kind of future they wanted to live in and what kind of future they wanted to avoid. It was important because they were the ones who were going to build that future. I’d seen what they could do on the floor of the science fair and the future is in good hands. But they needed to dream bigger and they needed to share those dreams.
The Future: Powered by Fiction is a call for these visions. Over the next six months, we’re calling for young minds ages 13-25 to submit science based stories, essays, comics and videos that explore the future. Working with Society for Science and the Public and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, we’ll award ten $1,000 winners and highlight them on The Tomorrow Project site, but we’re going to publish and interview far more young minds, highlighting as many future visions that we can from all around the world. I believe that the future is going to be awesome because we are going to build it. Now I need to hear about that future from the people who are going to build it with me!
The Intel ISEF open ceremony was a blast. Adam did an amazing job giving everyone chills talking about Mars Curiosity and why we need to continue our exploration of space. Afterwards we spent hours talking pictures with the attendees – it turned into a very long night.
As I made my way back through the hot night and to my hotel room, I was beat. I came off the elevator to find an exhausted Intel ISEF attendee sleeping on bench in the hall, his conference badge still around his neck. As I walked past him he woke up, and looking at me through bleary eyes, said, “Hey! You’re the futurist!”
“Yes I am,” I smiled. “Now get some sleep. You’re going to have an awesome few days coming up.”
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This post was written by Samantha Scibelli, a finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Intel STS alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science. Learn more about Samantha and the other 2013 Intel Science Talent Search finalists here.
It’s no secret that the number of young girls that are interested in math and science is extremely low. In today’s world STEM careers are being pushed more than ever, and numerous initiatives to get more women involved in these fields are being created.
But with all of these initiatives I think one point should really be stressed if we want to exceed in this goal. I believe that in order to get young girls interested in math and science, they need strong female role models in their lives. Someone they can look up to and say, “I want to be just like her when I grow up.” Female teachers, nurses, doctors, mothers etc. should all be willing to take on the responsibility of becoming a role model to younger girls.
It’s not enough to tell a young girl that she can do anything she puts her mind to; she needs an extra push. A young girl needs to be able to see a woman who has made her dream a reality, so she can see herself doing the same. I have been fortunate enough to have had many great female role models in my life. My mother, my research teacher and my mentor have all taught me that I can be a successful woman in science. In fact, because of the influence of my mentor, I have decided to pursue a PhD in physics. I truly believe that the main reason for all of the amazing success I have with my research is due to the strong female figures in my life. Therefore, I wish the same type of influence for any girl who has even the slightest interest in math and science.
Too many times I have come across girls who tell me that they feel like they could never become a doctor or engineer because it’s too hard. That drives me crazy! I think that there is this preconceived idea that math and science are the hard subjects saved for those super smart kids. That is just not the case! Anyone can get involved in math and science and it’s not only important in today’s world – it’s fun! I think girls who have a support system of women will understand that it’s ok to try something outside the box and will be willing to take challenges in their education. I hope that someday I can become that role model for younger girls and get them interested in the fields of science and math that I adore so much.
This post was written by Sara Volz, a finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Intel STS alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science. Learn more about Sara and the other 2013 Intel Science Talent Search finalists here.
I never could have predicted how much research would change my life—not when my first-ever science project, entitled “Which Freezes Fastest—Water, Milk or Juice?”, won my school’s kindergarten division by dint of being the only entrant; not when, as a 6th grader at the state fair for the first time, I was in awe of the top senior high projects; and not even when my stunned footsteps finally found the main exhibit hall of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
I found my passion in seventh grade—alternative energy—and it simply hasn’t left me alone. My work on algae biofuels for the past four years has consumed my life, and my bedroom. I’ve spent a good portion of my high school career begging, borrowing, and stealing saving for the materials to convert my room into a homespun laboratory. I’m fairly proud of the result: it comes complete with an appallingly clattery old centrifuge, glassware I got for my birthday, a microscope I got for Christmas, a rather handsome set of micropipettes, and, of course, the requisite bubbling flasks of green goo!
Some people have asked me what inspired my ideas and how I stumbled across a topic that has been so perfect for me. Upon reflection, I realize that in any given year, the truth is I’ve never been all that confident about my project. I always felt like my work wasn’t coming together—I wasn’t getting the answers, or the experiment didn’t work out right, or the analysis still had one or three or ten kinks to be worked out—but I kept plugging away.
My battered notebooks come everywhere with me. I’m persistent in asking for help—the Internet is my best friend in looking up research papers and emailing scientists with questions and for the chance to do some really cool work. This doggedness, more than anything else, has paid off. Thanks to meeting some very generous and wonderful researchers, I can now drive up to a university a few days a week to do chemical analyses, travel a few hours to a farther institution for molecular work, and simply go home to do growth experiments.
The past year has felt a little unreal to me: starting with a summer at the Research Science Institute (the best six weeks of my life, with amazing research and the amazing-er people), building with the news of my acceptance for undergraduate study at the beautiful Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and culminating with being named an Intel Science Talent Search finalist.
My algae have introduced me to a whole new world of vibrant new people and opportunities that I can’t wait to meet.
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As Winston Churchill once said, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.” During the holiday season, I spent some time reflecting on the work Intel’s Supply Chain Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Team did during 2012. I’ve been part of this effort for the past 3+ years of my 16 years at Intel and I think this was a year of genuinely meaningful progress in supplier sustainability that gets me energized for what it helps make possible in 2013. I’ll focus on just three of the key programs that are representative of our broader efforts: an expanded focus on supplier transparency, our audit progress; and, our first annual Supplier Sustainability Leadership Summit.
In 2012, we increased transparency expectations of our key suppliers by setting specific requirements and timelines for CSR Reporting for our Top 75 suppliers. To support this initiative, we provided training, in partnership with the Global Reporting Initiative, to help suppliers get started or make improvements to their reporting practices. This training was made available to all Intel suppliers, both live and on-demand, free of charge. Additionally, we partnered with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard to successfully propose the creation of a Supplier Transparency Work Group to the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Board of Directors and we are now part of the Work group, collaborating with other member companies to drive better industry standards.
We also expanded and improved our supplier ESG auditing in several ways in the past year: we increased the number of audits by 63%, to ensure we were gathering data from a robust cross section of our suppliers; we expanded and strengthened the ESG content of our Quality Assessment audits for closer integration and broader reach; and, we proactively commissioned a 3rd party audit of Intel’s own Chengdu, China factory. Collectively, these actions resulted in a significant increase in our organization’s competency to analyze, understand and improve upon the current state of ESG in our supply chain. The deep dive analysis of both our 2011 and 2012 audit data has helped us move from simply managing compliance to identifying broader system-level issues and opportunities for supplier education and capacity building around challenges such as working hours and rest days. And, we’ve been able to compare and contrast our own audit results to those of our suppliers and identify areas where we have internal strengths and can share best practices, very similar to what we have done with quality and engineering challenges for many years.
While we had previously incorporated ESG topics into our supplier training and events, for the first time we held a two-day conference in Shanghai (the 2012 Sustainability Leadership Summit) dedicated to supplier sustainability, to share some of our best practices and bring together a multi-stakeholder group to collaborate on key challenges. Because it was a first time event, we weren’t sure if our suppliers would be interested enough to invest the time and we were also uncertain how openly a diverse group of stakeholders would work together. We had hoped for 100-125 attendees and invited a mix of senior executives from suppliers with operations in China, government officials, leading NGOs, press, and fellow travelers from other industries. What transpired in the months leading up to the event in late September was both exciting and a bit daunting: we were overwhelmed by the positive responses and had an attendance of 185!
Intel employees from Supply Chain and our Chengdu and Dalian, China factories at the Sustainability Leadership Summit in Shanghai, China
It was eye opening and encouraging to see the very diverse group of participants at the Summit openly engaging, some for the first time, on very real and pressing challenges like overtime, employee health and safety, environmental management and corporate social responsibility reporting. We heard many different perspectives and learned a tremendous amount from the various panel discussions, keynotes and conversations. The Summit also included interactive small group roundtable sessions which helped create a resource guide that contains a collective list of key challenges, best practices and recommended next steps. And, all of the learnings we’ve gained will be integrated into our work moving forward and based on the positive response to this year’s event, are already beginning planning the 2013 Sustainability Leadership Summit.
We know ESG challenges and issues remain in our supply chain and we continue to work diligently to ensure meaningful progress happens at as fast a pace as possible. Looking back on 2012 and on the progress we’ve made inspires me as we move ahead into 2013.
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This post was written by Huihui “Angela” Fan (pictured, center), a winner at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. As part of her prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Angela received a trip in December 2012 to the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS), an annual weeklong event for young international scientists that provides opportunities to attend various Nobel festivities, including the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.
Collaboration, they say, is the heart of scientific discovery.
During my recent trip to Stockholm, I spent eight days with 25 young scientists from 16 different countries. Each of us had interesting aspects of culture to share, remarkably different school experiences, and fascinating stories to tell about growing up. It was wonderful that such a diverse group could be connected by our love of science research.
Despite our research in different areas, we spent hours explaining our projects to each other and discussing what it was like to pursue research in different parts of the world. Some of the students had performed research as part of school classes, while others simply liked to build objects in their free time. Others required laboratory assistance from nearby universities, while some students performed research independently. We swapped stories about our experiences at science competitions and discovered that many of us had been at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair together, and we all wondered why we didn’t meet earlier.
Science did not only connect us as students, but on the professional level as research collaborators, as well. For instance, on day three of the seminar, we attended a series of Nobel lectures, where the laureates explained their lifetime of work. All of the lectures had a huge emphasis on research’s collaborative nature. It was wonderful to see all of the people who contributed to the effort of discovering such landmarks in science.
At the end of the week, I couldn’t believe that we were all going to leave and return to our respective countries. It seemed impossible to me that a mere eight days ago, we were complete and utter strangers. We had been through so much together – from running around in the Stockholm cold to sitting eagerly in anticipation as this year’s laureates received their awards. A common interest in science brought us all together, gave us initial avenues of conversation to pursue when we were all awkwardly scared to talk, and connected us all deeply. We traded emails and “friended” each other on Facebook, swapped home addresses with the promise to send postcards, and hugged and cried on the last day as taxis shipped us out to the airport. My trip to Stockholm was an incredible, irreplaceable experience that truly revealed that science, at its core, is an international effort characterized by friendship and collaboration.
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