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A Woman of Science by Cardy Raper

A Woman of Science

A Woman of Science by Cardy Raper
May 28, 2013 | 272 Pages
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“What makes this memoir so readable and engrossing is Cardy’s frank account of her circumstances both in and out of the laboratory. Family photographs, and pictures and drawings of the organisms she worked with, add to the reader’s interest. This book encourages aspiring students—men as well as women—in how to overcome difficulties. Cardy Raper, a Harvard PhD, might well claim to have lived up to the slogan of the Harvard band, ‘Illegitimum non carborundum: Don’t let the bastards grind you down!’” —Peter R. Day, PhD, Rutgers University Professor Emeritus and author of Plant-Fungal Pathogen Interaction

“Cardy Raper skillfully interweaves the scientific and the personal into a fast-moving and delightful read, offering candid and sage perspectives on a fascinating life.” —Ursula Goodenough, PhD, Professor of Biology at Washington University and author of Sacred Depths of Nature

“Cardy Raper demolishes the caricature many of us have of women scientists: nerdy, bespectacled, polysyllabic, introverted spinsters devoted to their (usually abstruse) field of inquiry. She’s devoted, all right; not to just her science, but to life: From a childhood fascination with the natural world to a love affair with and marriage to a faculty mentor; from motherhood to widowhood; and finally from a voyage of discovery into what was at the time strictly a man’s world, to worldwide recognition as a leader of research in the fascinating world of fungi. Warmhearted yet vulnerable, often frustrated and saddened but never defeated, Cardy takes us with her as she enthusiastically probes the little-known world of fungi (where one species may have 20,000 genders), the often hostile atmosphere of male-dominated research, and the life of a working wife and mother.” —Willem Lange, New England storyteller and author of Where Does the Wild Goose Go? and Intermittent Bliss

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1 Bereft
Chapter 2 Singleness
Chapter 3 Seeds of Encouragement
Chapter 4 Volcanic Beginnings
Chapter 5 Water Dalliance
Chapter 6 Mentoring
Chapter 7 Graduate Studies
Chapter 8 Mad Love
Chapter 9 Water Mold Versus Mushroom Sex
Chapter 10 Argonne Science and FBI Clearance
Chapter 11 Painful Decision
Chapter 12 Frustrations
Chapter 13 Uncertainty
Chapter 14 Assertion
Chapter 15 Marriage
Chapter 16 Chicago to Harvard
Chapter 17 Parenting and Politics
Chapter 18 Reentry Abroad
Chapter 19 Domestic Turmoil
Chapter 20 Resolution
Chapter 21 Females in Science
Chapter 22 Tea Table Talk
Chapter 23 Faculty Wife
Chapter 24 My Own Lab
Chapter 25 Sauerkraut, Mushrooms, and Penicillin
Chapter 26 PhD at 52
Chapter 27 Dutch Postdoc
Chapter 28 Job Hunting
Chapter 29 Soaring and Crashing
Chapter 30 Wellesley Farewell
Chapter 31 Molecular Transition
Chapter 32 Vermont Landing
Chapter 33 Science Trumps Marriage
Chapter 34 Pheromones and Thousands of Sexes
Chapter 35 Passing It On

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