By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau
But before I tell her “dreams-for-my-future” story, let me tell you mine. When I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Journalism, my aspirations were to find a decent paying job in my chosen field, make a career of it and enjoy what I did. Fairly typical, right!?
Then I met Aster.
The short video in this blog shares Aster’s compelling story. But before you view it, soak up a few statistics on her to understand a bit more about what possibly inspires her.
- She’s one of 10 siblings who grew up in Ethiopia and are now living in Sweden, Canada, and the U.S.
- After high school, moved to Stockholm, Sweden to live with her sister and pursue more education.
- Overnight, had to learn a new language.
- While there, she worked driving a bus and earned her undergraduate degree in microbiology
- Began her work on a Ph.D. in protein science by 1998.
- Part of her Ph.D. work study involved understanding how the Hepatitis C virus attacks the body.
- After years of study including time in the U.S., Aster went back to Ethiopia to spend time with her mom
- While at home, she pondered whether she’d help work on a cure for HIV, or fight hunger and food insecurity. And, understanding how proteins work is a key way to advance science in both areas.
Somehow, I think we all need to go home … back to our roots… and nest. Nest for a bit after certain educational accomplishments in life and decide what track we should take (though our parents will tell us not to nest too long, ha). Moms, parents, family can inspire while we’re trying to make our decision. It’s a time to remember our roots and understand where solidly planted roots can take us.
If we did, maybe we’d have more aspiring to cure diseases … certainly working toward a more sustainable world.
Monsanto’s scientists are from all over the world and each brings their passion for science to solving complex challenges farmers face. This was evident on my recent trip to Monsanto. It’s part of why I want to understand the Monsanto story.
Aster’s story compels us to take note.
Editor’s Note: This is part of my ongoing series exploring the world of biotech agriculture and food including 10 Simple Strategies to Avoid GMO Foods and Into the Belly of the Beast: My Visit to Monsanto.
- Into the Belly of the Beast: My Visit to Monsanto (juliesfreshair.com)
- Supreme Court rules for Monsanto in case against farmer (npr.org)