Hope Jahren Quotes

Hope Jahren Quotes.

My experiences have also convinced me that sexual haras

My experiences have also convinced me that sexual harassment is very rarely publicly punished after it is reported, and then only after a pattern of relatively egregious offenses.
Hope Jahren
The type of science that I do is sometimes known as ‘curiosity-driven research.’ This means that my work will never result in a marketable product, a useful machine, a prescribable pill, a formidable weapon, or any direct gain.
Hope Jahren
What is a berry? It is an ovary swaddled within a sugary womb. Plainly put, a berry is the fruition of a flower – the ultimate tautology.
Hope Jahren
All I have ever wanted is one more day in the lab with the people I care about. And every day that I get that, I am grateful.
Hope Jahren
The world breaks a little bit every time we cut down a tree. It’s so much easier to cut one down than to grow one. And so it’s worth interrogating every time we do it.
Hope Jahren
I grew up in a small town.
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I’m interested in how the bare bones of the planet, things that aren’t alive, are transformed into things that are alive.
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I grew up in a time when there were very few women in the physical sciences. And people started to ask me, ‘How did you decide to become a scientist?’ And I couldn’t really answer. I always knew I’d grow up to have a lab because my dad had one.
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People love the ocean. People are always asking me why I don’t study the ocean, because, after all, I live in Hawaii. I tell them that it’s because the ocean is a lonely, empty place.
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If every seed turned into a plant, we’d be living in a very different world.
Hope Jahren
I spend a lot of time talking to other scientists and writing to other scientists.
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Regardless of politics, our world will continue to change rapidly.
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For a tree, to endure four months of daylight is like you or I going without sleep for four months.
Hope Jahren
My earliest memories are being in the lab, and the way the cement felt and the way it smelled, and the way the countertops looked and it just being this wonderful, warm, happy place where it was just full of toys.
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I think being a scientist is a position of respect and power and access, and it’s a privileged position in society. And I think there are fundamental mechanisms that keep men and women from achieving the same level of power and access and privilege in society.
Hope Jahren
My lab is the place where I put my brain out on my fingers.
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A tree’s wood is also its memoir.
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I can explain to you in detail just how a tree can be made into paper. But I’ve always wondered – and hoped – that someday, someone would help me discover how paper can be made back into a tree.
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As an environmental scientist, I think our first need is to feed and shelter and nurture. That has always required the exploitation of plant life, and it always will.
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In my Scandinavian-American family, we were conditioned never to sit, at least not comfortably. I was endlessly going back to work. We longed for the fleeting respite of being useful and regarded sleep as a reward for exhaustion, always to be deferred until after the sun goes down.
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I grew up in my father’s laboratory and played beneath the chemical benches until I was tall enough to play on them.
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I’m a scientist – a geobiologist who’s been studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil for over twenty years. One day, I realized that I wanted, needed, to tell people – and not just other scientists – about my life in science.
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Science is so incremental and so full of setbacks and small steps forward. In order to really thrive in this business, you have to be able to glean as much joy from the failure days and from the small increments as you do from the breakthroughs.
Hope Jahren
Science is performed by people, and it’s subject to all the various foibles that plague the rest of our social dynamics.
Hope Jahren
The turkey oak can grow practically submerged within the wetlands of Mississippi, its leaves soft as a newborn’s skin.
Hope Jahren
I think we get used to not seeing the green things around us. I think they become the backdrop of our lives. And I think you actively have to ask somebody to request that they put that in the foreground.
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Every acorn on the ground is just as alive as the three-hundred-year-old oak tree that towers over it.
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Women study things in order to figure out how they’re connected to other things. I don’t know if it’s controversial to say that, but that’s what I’ve seen from doing science for a couple of decades.
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The wood of any tree growing anywhere records fairly faithfully the oxygen and hydrogen chemistry of the water the plant has access to through precipitation.
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There is nothing in the world more perfect than a slide rule. Its burnished aluminum feels cool against your lips, and if you hold it level to the light you can see God’s most perfect right angle in each of its corners.
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The deadnettle is the Punxsutawney Phil of the plant world: short of stature but stout of heart. At the first hint of winter’s wane, its stem rises from the ground, and a green, grasping hand of sepals unclenches to divulge two silky-white petals, one of which unfurls straight up toward the sky.
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A seed knows how to wait… A seed is alive while it waits.
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A cactus doesn’t live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn’t killed it yet.
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I love to read stories. And I don’t to get to talk about my favorite novels very often in my job.
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The world is a fickle place, and it’s not fair. But if you’re getting most of your rewards from you, then you can use that as a kind of compass, and you can be secure in the fact that you’re working for the right reason, and you’re going in the right direction.
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Plants are not like us, and the more you study plants, the more different and deep ways you see that they are not like us.
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Men and women study things differently, and it’s not because of our chromosomes. It’s a product of our cultural conditioning.
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My father was a physicist, while I am a biogeochemist. I live to study plants, and he has never had more than a generic interest in biology.
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Women scientists’ hands are like every other woman’s hands.
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I am not the only scientist to be struck by the power and meaning of Lamium album in bloom.
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It’s very important to put children in an environment where they can take things apart; where they can break things and then learn to fix them; where they can trust their hands and know their capacity to manipulate objects.
Hope Jahren
I think plants present an opportunity for people to look closely at something and get invested in something that’s truly very much outside of themselves.
Hope Jahren
I think my job is to leave some evidence for future generations that there was somebody who cared while we were destroying everything.
Hope Jahren
My father was a scientist, and I grew up in his laboratory. Maybe I am like him, but he is not like me.
Hope Jahren
During the mid-1990s, I collected thousands of hackberry fruits from trees all across the Midwest. I chemically analyzed each seed in order to formulate an equation relating the hackberry’s mineral makeup to the summer temperature under which it grew.
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We have to be very careful about acknowledging that the Internet is very good at combatting isolation, but it’s not very good at delivering justice.
Hope Jahren
I like weeds and hardy plants.
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A true scientist doesn’t perform prescribed experiments; she develops her own and thus generates wholly new knowledge.
Hope Jahren
My father’s schooling during the 1930s was heavy with memorization; eight decades later, he is reaping the benefits.
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While both plants and animals awaken via distinct changes in metabolic functioning, most plants prefer to err on the side of caution, waiting for hints of full-on summer before they bloom.
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Like all professors, I also do a lot of extra jobs for which I was never trained, such as advising former students as they navigate the wider world.
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I feel like I’m the same scientist I was back when I couldn’t get a grant. Now I’m that same person thinking that same way getting grants. That system of external rewards in science has always mystified me. It’s fickle. And I also don’t think it was constructed with people like me in mind.
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