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Chicago Tribune: Student with learning disability finds her niche in biology (Truman College graduate)

Chicago Tribune: Student with learning disability finds her niche in biology (Truman College graduate)

2/6/2012 12:00 AM

...A teacher introduced Strozier to Yvonne Harris, who at the time was Truman's director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and the Advancement of Technological Education. Harris suggested Strozier try the sciences.

"My philosophy is that we're born scientists and mathematicians and we experiment and observe the world around us all the time," Harris said. "Having the 'A' students is nice, but we wanted people who had tenacity and determination, a refusal to fail."

Although Strozier doubted she had the proper training or the ability to be "a real scientist," she tried it anyway and wound up working in a lab caring for a Chinese hamster ovary cell line.

"Every Saturday morning, I had to get up to (feed the cells)," Strozier said. "My grandmother would say, 'Where are you going?' and I'd say, 'I'm off to feed the cells.' I got the nickname Madam Cho. I loved doing it. That's when I knew I wanted to go into the sciences."

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