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Sir Edmund Hillary

Conqueror of Mt. Everest

Sir Edmund Hillary: I think most of our major challenges are not going to be in the physical field at all. I think they're going to be in the field of human relations, of getting on with each other, of contributing. People accepting that they have to contribute something, their thoughts, their ideas, maybe even their money, towards producing a world society that is perhaps a little bit more honest and reasonable than it is now.
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David Ho

AIDS Research Pioneer

David Ho: I think genuine scientific disagreement is healthy. That's how we move science forward. And, yes there are certain people who would disagree with me about how, say, the lymphocytes are specifically destroyed by HIV, so the mechanistic issues. It's a very controversial area. I have my views and others don't agree with those views, but each one of us are involved with experiments trying to prove our case or in fact sometimes disproving ourselves. So, that is good and that is what science should be.
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David Ho

AIDS Research Pioneer

David Ho: You have to go with your beliefs. One can't be hypocritical about it. And, I think I wanted to send a strong message to the Journal that it's much more complicated than what we have discussed so far. I mean, if the Journal had a particular view, the best approach is to talk to the people involved, to have a dialogue with the U.S. scientists, with the African scientists and with the subjects that are enrolling and get a true understanding at the grass root level, rather than pontificate from the ivory tower of Harvard University or, you know, the New England Journal. I think that kind of approach is not appropriate.
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Susan Hockfield

President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

College was fine, but it was really in graduate school that I found my life's work. And I found my life's work -- I discovered how to push myself beyond the limits that I thought I had, I learned new ways of relating to people, I learned new ways of learning. It really was probably the most formative period of my life, very important, and I value it highly. When I was at Yale University as a professor, another extraordinary privilege, the graduate students --many graduate students -- weren't having that kind of sense of this being the most important part of their education. And I worried, because golly, I didn't enjoy the privilege of going to a graduate school like Yale! It's a spectacular educational environment. And it made me very sad that we weren't utilizing the potential of the Yale graduate experience, and the students weren't feeling the kind of acceleration and exhilaration that I had. And when the president of Yale, Rick Levin, invited me to be Dean of the graduate school, there were some things that I thought I might be able to help. And it was really a sense of service, a sense of giving back. My graduate experience had been so important to me. It was my responsibility now to help make the graduate experience for the Yale graduate students as rich and fulfilling as I had experienced. So I agreed to do it, but I had assumed it would be a very short service -- three years, perhaps four years. But what I discovered, once I was actually Dean of the graduate school, was just how interesting, important, exhilarating this other kind of service to the world can be.
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