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David Ho

AIDS Research Pioneer

I've gotten a lot of recognition, especially by Time magazine. I've never said that I am the representative for the AIDS community. It was Time that, in trying to recognize the achievements in the field, they typically do it through the story of one and I was the chosen one. I fully realize that it's symbolic for the progress made by the field. And, a lot of people deal with that very well and many colleagues have said very nice things to me about that and about how good that is for the field and for science in general. But, there are a lot of big egos in the field and if they're not the one, some of them can be vicious and have been vicious. But, I don't think you would find much in terms of a response from me about such type of criticism. I've said that I'm just going to continue to work and to do my science and advance the field. I don't want to be dragged into the mud into such an unnecessary debate which is harmful to the field, to science, and most importantly, what does that look like from a patient's perspective?
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David Ho

AIDS Research Pioneer

If you insist on the infeasible, you'll get into a situation where nothing is done. And, the most important thing we could do now is to come up with strategies that would decrease mother-to-infant transmission of HIV. So I got involved with that controversy because the New England Journal took a very strong ethical position against any use of placebo and basically did not welcome my opposing view and I had to express my view in Time Magazine. And they didn't care for that, and therefore because of this disagreement, I said I had to go with my own beliefs and I don't think I could serve the Journal well by remaining on its editorial board.
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Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan's Tumultuous History

These issues of contempt, of rivalry between the ethnicities, for instance, between the Pashtuns and Hazaras, this goes back centuries, and it has very bigger old roots and wounds that have not healed. And this book talks about those things in a very unveiled, open fashion. And for a lot of people, that was a jolt. Things were being said in this book that it would be unimaginable that it would be said publicly within the Afghan community. Lots of people would think it and maybe discuss it privately in their home, but would never blog it, they would never write in the newspaper an op ed or let alone write a book. And so it became -- I understand why it's a subject of controversy, but I feel as a writer that writers, artists, cannot shy away from things merely because it makes people uncomfortable. I don't feel that that's a good reason to not write something. In fact, that's a very good reason to write about things. If things make, if a subject matter makes people uncomfortable, if it touches on those things that people fear, if it touches on those things that are sensitive, then maybe that is what is worth writing about. I don't think we, as writers, shy away from things that are wreathed in reality and shape a society and not write them out of mere politeness. And so in whatever modest way, I hope that The Kite Runner has opened a useful and productive dialog within my community. And I think, to some extent, it really has.
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Ron Howard

Oscar for Best Director

The kids tended to -- I wouldn't say ostracize me -- but to make me uneasy because there'd always be two or three weeks where every day at school was more like some kind of a personal appearance where I was at everybody's disposal. And if one group wanted to get autographs, they'd bug me for autographs. If another group wanted to make fun of me, they'd make fun of me. I wasn't a person. I was this sort of image from TV that they now had at their disposal. It was kind of strange.
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Ron Howard

Oscar for Best Director

Ron Howard: When you're doing something as emotionally risky as working on a TV show or a movie, part of it is that you're facing the real possibility of complete public humiliation. I mean, it's not all that unusual for people to say, "Aw, that was terrible! Did you see that guy? Aw, he was awful! He stinks!" And so, everybody knows that that's out there, because they've participated in that same kind of ragging on shows and movies. They know. They know that you're putting yourself up for that sort of judgment. You're opening yourself. So as a result, you know, there does need to be a kind of trust. But I've found, in the creative community, there's often a sort of an instant trust. And in just one or two conversations, you can actually determine whether that trusts exists in a relationship or not.
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