Early in October each year, the world spends a few days stepping back and celebrating big discoveries in science. Have you noticed? This is when Nobel Prizes get announced, the MacArthur Foundation gives out its famous “genius” awards, and buzz swirls about the ways science changes the world. This week’s excitement — about discoveries related to viruses, black holes and an amazing new gene-editing technology — offer good reminders that all of us at UT get opportunities for up-close experiences with discovery.
So I offer you this Super Science-y Challenge: Find at least one way this semester to engage with the excitement of STEM that has nothing to do with a grade or a class. Doing so will provide some fuel for your tank when it starts to run low. And it’s a good reminder of how the university experience goes beyond the hard work you do in