A potent mix: Mom, chemist, trailblazer

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 19, 2012 - 6:28 AM

In the laboratory of one of the country's major research universities, on a PBS Kids show and in the pages of Popular Science, U researcher is using her work to inspire young women to don lab goggles.

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bettles91365Nov. 18, 12 9:23 AM

Terrific story; well done prof. Haynes!

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northbordersNov. 18, 12 9:33 AM

We saw a loss of men and women in STEM field mainly due to the business world over the past 20 years, and this country supporting jobs which didn't require any kind of education - call center jobs. Just graduate from high school, start out at some call center, and you are making big bonuses in ten years, was the advice. Any good technical field requires education (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, chemistry, physics, etc.). Start telling parent that, instead of settling for some bank teller job, and this country could be doing well again. Back in the 80s, I had quite a few females for my college chemistry classes, too. But, that was in the 80s.

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fisherboyNov. 18, 12 9:55 AM

Northborders is right on... the other issue is the first day of school through graduation day of high school is spent on feel good social sciences class work. More time is needed on the tough classes of the sciences and math. Then we will see more success stories like Prof. Haynes as well as positioning the Unites States again as the economic super power.

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blwhiteNov. 18, 1210:21 AM

Elementary schools are starting to get on board through their STEM schools. Igniting student's engineering ideas as young as kindergarten and providing them with an emphasis on mathematics and science will provide secondary schools with an inspired population. Again, how they take this forward will be the challenge. I was walking through the tunnels at the U of M hospital yesterday looking at the pictures of world-class researchers, docs, etc. I'm so happy to read a more in-depth article about one of them. I'd rather read this than much of what repeats in the news. Thanks!

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statikNov. 18, 1211:22 AM

We are glad you went to college, Dr. Haynes!

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jmusielewiczNov. 18, 12 6:47 PM

You know--people aren't stupid. When you compare what happens to you on the 'path' that these 'major research universities' want to send you and the path the LORD GOD sends there is no option. Its GOD every time!!

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jmusielewiczNov. 18, 12 7:07 PM

They torture horses especially wild horses--the latest in the news. I have a question for the 'major research universites" how do they escape prison--developing weapons of mass destruction like hand gernades and bio-weapons with the intention of murdering millions of innocent civilians. Some weapons were not meant to be used.

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money2145Nov. 19, 12 9:04 AM

Maybe Prof Haynes could do a TV show, maybe weekly or monthly that could be shown to 8th or ninth grade girls about going into science. They could try and get girls at an early age decide that science is a fun career. Maybe this could also be a web site that could encourage girls all around the world. It's great to see the U get great teachers and researchers like Dr Haynes.

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notsidNov. 19, 12 2:02 PM

Nice story although I do wish that her situation was not so apparently unique that it deserved a story about ti, that is, I wish that a woman doing so well in her field of science would not be unusual. I know a young beautiful woman who always wanted to be an engineer and did the hard work to become one gaining a doctorate in engineering, a post-doc at MIT and a very good job with a local large science based company. She knew what she wanted, she worked hard to get it and she got it.

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