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Meet Dr. Robert Langer

For much of his childhood and young adult life, Dr. Robert Langer had no idea what he wanted to be. He did not always enjoy grade school and even had a teacher who discouraged him from pursuing a career in science. However, the one thing Dr. Langer was always sure of, was his desire to make a difference in the world. Would you be surprised to hear that Dr. Langer is now the most cited engineer in history, with over 220 major awards in science, medicine, and engineering? Dr. Robert Langer is one of twelve Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and runs a lab of over...

How Can I Make A Difference?

I grew up in Albany, New York in a small house with my parents and sister. For Christmas, my parents would sometimes get me Gilbert Science sets. I found the chemistry sets magical -- I enjoyed mixing solutions together and watching them change colors. I even had a little lab in my basement. These sets made me curious about science, but my interest in science definitely fluctuated over the years. Finding My Passion As a child, I recall wanting to be a baseball player. One of my elementary school teachers was rather discouraging and I started losing interest in science and school in general. I...

What Are Biomaterials?

I work in a field of Chemical Engineering known as Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Biomaterials include any kind of material that interacts with a biological system, like the human body. They are typically used to change, enhance, or replace a natural function. Tissue engineering is the idea that you could make a new tissue or organ from scratch. It is a relatively newer area, probably going back to some of the research we did in the 70s and 80s. You could make a new liver, skin, cartilage, or even bone. Biomaterials could be one of the ways that you make a new tissue or organ. The Use...

Inspiring Students To Ask Questions

As an institute professor and principal investigator of a research lab at MIT, my main role is to dream up ideas and make sure there is funding for them. I get ideas from unusual places. Once, I was watching a television show on how they make tiny microchips in the computer industry. I thought that would be a great way to deliver drugs in the human body, and we developed that. Another time, while on an exercise bike, I was reading a magazine about how dents might be fixed in cars of the future. They were explaining about metals that have a shape memory effect, and how you could just heat up...

Conocer Dr. Robert Langer

Por gran parte de su juventud el Dr. Robert Langer no tenía idea de que quería hacer con su vida. No siempre le agradó la escuela y hasta tuvo un maestro que le desalentó para seguir estudiando en el campo de las ciencias. Sin embargo, lo que siempre tuvo claro el Dr. Langer, era su deseo de hacer la diferencia en el mundo. Te sorprendería saber que el Dr. Langer en este momento es el ingeniero mas citado en la historia, con sobre 220 importantes premios en el campo de la ciencia, la medicina y la ingeniería? El Dr. Robert Langer es uno de los doce profesores del Instituto Tecnológico de...

Cómo puedo hacer la diferencia?

Yo me crié en Albany, New York en una pequeña casa con mis padres y hermana. Como regalo de Navidad mis padres me regalaban el equipo de ciencia de Gilbert Science. El equipo de química me parecía fantástico algo mágico, como disfrutaba mezclando las diferentes soluciones y viendo como cambiaban de color. Hasta tenía un pequeño laboratorio en el sótano de mi casa. Estos equipos de ciencia me convirtieron en una persona curiosa de la ciencia, pero mi interés definitivamente fue fluctuando a través de los años. Encontrando mi pasión Como niño, recuerdo como quería convertirme en jugador de...

Motivando los estudiantes para que pregunten

Como profesor de un Instituto y princippal investigador de un laboratio de investigación, mi papel principal es soñar y lograr que las ideas de mis sueños obtengan fondos para realizarlas. Las ideas provienen de diferentes lugares y momentos. En una ocasión mientras veía un programa de televisión donde presentaban como se construían los micro procesadores en la industria de las computadoras pensé que sería una excelente idea llevar los medicamenteos al cuerpo humano de la misma forma y así lo hicimos. en otra ocasión mientras hacía ejercicio en una bicicleta, leí en una revista de como se...

Robert Langer

Dr. Robert Langer is a pioneer in the field of Biomaterials and is one of twelve Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He runs a lab of over 150 researchers -- considered the largest biomedical engineering center in the world. Dr. Langer's life is an inspiration that even if one takes time finding their passion and there are setbacks, it is important never to give up.

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Meet An Ecologist: Jenna Pruett

Jenna Pruett is an ecologist who studies the interesting ways that nest temperatures of turtles influence the eggs inside. Growing up in a small rural town, Jenna did not quite know what she wated to become when she grew up. However, she found her passion, thanks to a college biology teacher who inspired her love for science. In her free time, Jenna enjoys reading, playing music and looking for reptiles and amphibians outside.

Inspired By A Biology Teacher

You always hear about people who knew exactly what they want to do with their life from the time they were four years old. They fell in love with something early on that led them to their dream job. That did not happen for me. Like the science itself, my journey toward being a scientist was slow, and helped along by many teachers and professors who revealed, showed me the way. Now, I get to spend each day learning new things, and creating new knowledge Small Town To A Big College Like most students who earn good grades in math and science classes during grade school, I found people...

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