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In the late 1950s, linguist Noam Chomsky proposed a radical idea: The ability to speak language was an innate, universal human endowment derived from the brain’s ability to generate grammar.

Children seem to take effortlessly to the gadgets of modern life. But getting them curious about what’s inside is a different story. That’s where Shirley Malcom, head of the Education and Human Resources program at AAAS, comes in.
There isn't much about diabetes Dr. William L. Lowe Jr. hasn't been involved with, but perhaps the best lesson he's learned is that team science is not just some cliche. For a researcher, it can be a survival strategy.

James Clark
Teacher, Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California

Advocating for prisoners of conscience; using satellite photos to help investigate war crimes; reuniting families of “disappeared” dissidents: It sounds like a list of extraordinary goals.

Biologist Michael Skinner isn’t one to shy away from a good fight. In fact, prominently displayed on his webpage are the words: “If you are not doing something controversial, you are not doing something important.”

As a teenager in London, Philip Shapira watched manufacturing evolve from the shop floor of Semnat Glass Works, a company that employed his father, grandfather, and uncles for decades.

Once “obsessed with volcanoes,” Cynthia Kuhn soon turned her focus to chemicals substances that could make the human mind hallucinate. So I went to graduate school to study LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide.)

Katie Byrd
Teacher, James Baldwin School, New York

For Larry McIntire, biomedical engineering is where new discoveries get turned into products that help people.