• Question: is anyone esle you know interested in science?

    Asked by sunshinedisaster to Amelia, Jim, Liz, Prateek, Richard on 20 Jun 2011.
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      Prateek Buch answered on 19 Jun 2011:

      My dad’s a doctor, my wife’s a chemistry teacher and my brother’s a genetics graduate – so yes, I come from a family of nerds :-). What we love about science is the ability to reveal interesting facts about how the world around us works, and how to go about making it better for us to live in

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      Lizzard O'Day answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      No one in my immediate family is involved in science. My mom and dad are both smart and hard working but science isn’t really their forte- and my brothers really aren’t as excited about it as me. However, something very cool- my grandmother was a chemist. Way back in the day she went to college and was a chemistry major (which was practically unheard of as a female back then). She’s 92 years old now and still loves to hear what I’m up to. She also had 12 kids and is now a grandma, great-grandma to a whole clan– like 40+ kids!

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      Amelia Markey answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      None of my family are really interested in science. But my friends I went to university with and the people I work with every day are science mad!

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      Jim Caryl answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Iā€™m actually from a family of scientists. My Dad trained as a marine biologist and went to work on the coast of East Africa for years, and then became a science teacher when he returned to the UK. He gave me a love of biology and every walk in the country was like a little science lesson, and fun because he was/is a fun Dad and good teacher.

      My younger sister also has a PhD, except hers is in zoology. She researches the interaction between native Australian bats and the man-made environment of the city (how do they adapt to buildings rather than trees ā€“ and how can we protect them); she works at the University of Melbourne in Australia. You can read a newspaper article about some of her work here: http://www.theage.com.au/national/the-secret-life-of-microbats-to-be-revealed-20091209-kk2d.html

      Obviously I work with lots of people interested in science too – but I also have a lot of friends in my online network who like to hang around scientists. I guess they think we always have something interesting to tell them – which for the most part we do! šŸ˜‰