The "WOW" Factor | Los Angeles Sentinel

Bonnie Boswell, a relative of 20th-century biologist E.E. Just, was wowed by her visit to MBL. Credit: Karen Steyr

It’s been said that if we look at our situation with ordinary reason, there is not the slightest chance to win.  Rather, it’s the change of the human heart that ultimately determines our victory.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I find the on-going barrage of news events like the clear and present danger of climate change, on-going gun violence, racism, the threat to our democracy and women’s rights often overwhelming – even debilitating.

But, I’ve been refreshed by two recent experiences, that I now call the “wow” factor, to keep me going.  One “wow” factor happened this spring when I went to the Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

I wanted to see MBL because my aunt’s father-in-law, Ernest Everett Just, worked there as a young African American scientist in the early part of the 20th century. Although Dr. Just felt the bruises of racism, he was able to produce cutting edge research on cell biology that is still being used today. Read more ...

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