|19 January 2006
Guest Blog from Susan Adkins
Last night was an incredible finale to the week. Dr. Roy Carpenter, Chief Scientist, called a meeting for the entire science party. Every student and a representative from each Ecuadorian group (CDRS, GNP, INOCAR) spoke briefly about their projects and results. Most impressive. The students were more sophisticated and professional than their undergraduate status suggested. Their research resulted in confirmation of their premises, or surprising results, both of which they found to provide opportunity to learn. The Ecuardorians felt they had acquired new techniques for their research, but more importantly, they had created new relationships with new friends and peers in Seattle. Everyone is already planning project and information sharing among the groups.
I know Roy worked hard to bring everyone together. He received a standing ovation for what everyone consider a huge success. The biggest lesson I came away with is that science research is more powerful with cooperation. In our global society it is critical to create these alliances to learn and work toward a healthy environment.