Lab Girl

Lab Girl

Book - 2016
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Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101874936
1101874937
9781101873724
1101873728
Branch Call Number: B Jahren, Hope JAH
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 25 cm

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IndyPL_AnikaW Nov 20, 2018

Inspires young women to go into STEAM careers and contains lots of cool information about trees.

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IndyPL_AnikaW Nov 20, 2018

Hope Jahren's memoir is inspirational for encouraging girls to go into STEAM careers and also contains a large amount of interesting information about plants.

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IndyPL_AnikaW Dec 04, 2018

Memoirs by female scientists can seem few-and-far-between.

Hope Jahren's account of her life is both an homage to her prodigious scientific output and interests as well as her intriguing life story, beginning in rural Minnesota with Scandinavian-American parents and ending with her tenure at... Read More »


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klimekk
Sep 19, 2019

Lovely

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Audrey_1974
Aug 25, 2019

Part of former US President, Barack Obama's summer reading list for 2019.

JessicaGma Jun 25, 2019

I feel this is a good book for anyone debating whether they should pursue or avoid being a scientist. Hope Jahren is willing to do anything for her work, and finds her colleague Bill who is also a hardcore scientist. But it's a lifestyle few are meant for.....Interesting,despite the pacing being a bit weird, and I can't say I liked it, but I finally read it

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EmilyEm
May 02, 2019

Geobiologist Hope Jahren started life in small-town Austin, MN, and became the research scientist she dreamed. This is her story.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Jahren mixes her memoir with stories about trees and other plants she has studied and treasures. Like friend Anne who said this was a ‘must read,’ I, too, loved so much about this book. Wonderful writing. Makes you want to plant a tree!

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michaelfwood
Apr 14, 2019

Fascinating botanical revelations artfully woven into an interesting memoir.

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spudwil
Jan 14, 2019

Decent read.

IndyPL_AnikaW Dec 04, 2018

Memoirs by female scientists can seem few-and-far-between.

Hope Jahren's account of her life is both an homage to her prodigious scientific output and interests as well as her intriguing life story, beginning in rural Minnesota with Scandinavian-American parents and ending with her tenure at the University of Hawaii.

Girls interested in STEM careers, tree-huggers/scientists/gardeners, and those who just enjoy good memoirs will find much to like in this volume that *begs* to be read and discussed by groups.

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legadillo
Oct 09, 2018

More life lessons than science lessons.

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blue_41
Jul 29, 2018

Hope Jahren's book is a story of a still developing scientist driven by curiosity, creativity, and perseverance. She and her collaborators get results to questions about how plants grow and survive in the wild by asking critical questions, devising experiments, scrounging equipment to do those studies, and working without cease to get the data to analyze. Just add funding.
Her writing is personal and quirky and expands far beyond the unemotional prose of scientific journals. I enjoyed the book all the way through.

phill167 May 14, 2018

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shayshortt
Nov 17, 2016

Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life.

FSJPL_Amy Jul 01, 2016

"Being able to drive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a happy life" - Hope Jahren, "Lab Girl"

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queequegs
Jun 28, 2016

These two organisms--the wasp and the fig--have enjoyed this arrangement for almost ninety million years, evolving together through the extinction of the dinosaurs and across multiple ice ages. Theirs is like any epic love story, in that part of the appeal lies in its impossibility.

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queequegs
Jun 28, 2016

Unlike the overall character of winter, which may be mild one year and punishing the next, the pattern of how light changes through autumn is exactly the same every year...These plants know that when your world is changing rapidly, it is important to have identified the one thing that you can always count upon.

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queequegs
Jun 28, 2016

Love and learning are similar in that they can never be wasted.

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EricaReynolds
Jun 28, 2016

A seed knows how to wait. Most seeds wait for at least a year before starting to grow; a cherry seed can wait for a hundred years with no problem. What exactly each seed is waiting for is known only to that seed.

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EricaReynolds
Jun 28, 2016

Now you ask a question about your leaf. Guess what? You are now a scientist. People will tell you that you have to know math to be a scientist, or physics or chemistry. They're wrong. That's like saying you have to know how to knit to be a housewife, or that you have to know Latin to study the Bible. Sure, it helps, but there will be time for that. What comes first is a question, and you're already there. It's not nearly as involved as people make it out to be. So let me tell you some stories, one scientist to another.

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shayshortt
Nov 17, 2016

The daughter of a community college science professor, Hope Jahren always felt at home in the laboratory, playing there while her father worked. After obtaining her PhD from UC Berkeley, she would go on to become a geobiologist, founding multiple laboratories, and winning honours from the Fulbright to the Young Investigator Medal. Part memoir, and part science, Lab Girl shares Jahren’s experiences from graduate school to tenured professor, and all the bumps along the way, including funding cuts, bipolar disorder, and changing institutions.

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