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Meet Myrna Hutcherson
02.19.04
 
Myrna Hutcherson
Myrna Hutcherson
Myrna Hutcherson asks a lot of questions. When she was a kid she asked: Why is the sky blue? Why do people get sick? Why did someone go to the moon?

Her parents couldn't answer all of her questions. So they sent her to the library. When she found the answers, she came home and told her parents. Now she's in college studying weather and climate. And she still asks questions, like "What do tree rings say about climate?" She even wrote two papers about that question.

Last year she got to ask questions in Washington, D.C. She went to a science meeting, listened to experts, and visited NASA buildings. NASA sponsored her visit.

What school subjects have helped her the most? Math, science and English have helped the most. She says that English is really important. A scientist needs to be able to explain their work.

Who are her role models? Her physics teacher, because he helped her with a subject that she was scared of. She also looks up to her parents.

What does she want to do after college? She wants to get a job studying climate. She also wants to help women and girls interested in math and science. She wants to help them answer their questions.



 
 
Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies