TECHNOLOGY

Finding Your Way As A Female Scientist

By Bradley J. Fikes
The San Diego Union-Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Some of the top women in Stem joined forces in LaJolla to inspire the next generation of scientists. #womeninstem #girlsinstem

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Nearly 300 local high school girls interested in life science got a pep talk and hard-won perspective from Karen J. Nelson, president of the J. Craig Venter Institute, and a panel of other successful female scientists at the nearby Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

Nelson gave the keynote address at the event, the 5th annual program devoted to encouraging girls to pursue a career in biotech.

She warned aspiring scientists they must be prepared for frequent disappointments but urged them to continue because science provides the power to change the world.

“It’s gonna be difficult,” Nelson said she tells those who ask for advice. “You’re going to get rejected. You’re not going to be having fun days every day. But they just want to know that there’s a route to get there and I’ve traveled all over the world. I’ve ended up in places I never thought I would be.”

Nelson had just returned from science work in Paris.

Nelson’s accomplishments include performing a pioneering study on the human microbiome, the collection of microscopic life that lives in and on us.

Today, a growing number of companies are tapping into the microbiome for treating diseases. Nelson takes pride in having been there first.

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