Anna Marie Pyle is a professor at Yale University who works on unraveling RNA folding and the dynamic process of RNA assembly (p. 34). Her love for science was seeded by her physician father and blossomed during a childhood spent playing in the Sandia National Laboratory’s backyard in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “I was always surrounded by people who loved science and nature,” she says. From an amateur chemist who’d mix and bubble things in her garage, she grew up to pursue a graduate degree in organometallic chemistry from Columbia University. It was there she turned her attentions to DNA’s cousin. “RNA was more of a rich field and more of a challenge.”

Once called “Merck’s free radical” by Forbes Magazine, Stephen Friend has taken his entrepreneurial spirit out of industry and into the future of research. As president, CEO, and co-founder of the non-profit Sage Bionetworks, Friend hopes to...

Raised by two cancer researchers, a young Jennifer Welsh filled pipette tip boxes for money and heard words like apoptosis and Tamoxifen being flown across the dinner table. Now, as The Scientist’s summer editorial intern, she gets up close and personal with other researchers. “It’s been intense,” she says. She first turned to writing during her three year stint as a “cell culture guru” at a pharmaceutical startup in San Francisco, hitching hour-long train rides after work to attend journalism night classes twice a week. Armed with a Master’s in science communication from UC Santa Cruz, this Canadian-born science writer hopes to add blogger, video producer, and book author to her resume. “I could see myself doing this for a long time.”

“I think science is really important,” says Magda Wojtyra, who finds her niche as a graphic designer, digital artist, photographer, world traveler, and stuffed animal and jewelry creator. Wojtyra did the cover art for this month’s issue, from her “Waterwalk” series, which was created through the digital manipulation of an image of RNA. Magda also designs “art websites for scientists and other heroes,” through her company RNA Studios ( Madga learned design while at school for architecture at the University of Waterloo. “What I like about all the different design, including architecture, is the storytelling aspect,” she says. Some of her work will be exhibited during the Nuit Blanche show at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario on October 2, 2010.

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