5 Questions 4: Mary Calvert

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Why is Science Master Mary Calvert looking forward to advising the Robotics Club in the new Gruss Center for Art and Design? Which three scientists would she most like to meet around her Harkness table? What was her favorite high school class? Find out this and more in 5 Questions 4.

What was your favorite science class in high school? 

Chemistry, of course. 

What piece of equipment/tool are you most looking forward to using in GCAD? 

As co-advisor of the Robotics Club, I look forward to supporting the students as they learn to use the new equipment and as they discover new creative ways to support their competitions.

What is the best part of teaching science at Lawrenceville? 

The best part of Lawrenceville is the students. In regards to teaching science, it is rewarding to watch students realize that they can be successful in science. 

Which three scientists, living or dead, would you like to meet around a Harkness table? 

In my classroom, I have a picture of the 1929 Solvay Conference attendeesMarie Curie is the only women in the picture. She was awarded two Nobel Prizes: one in physics and one in chemistry. She is the only person to have earned Nobel Prizes in two different fields. Rosalyn Yalow won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Yalow is the first American-born woman to win the Nobel Prize in a scientific field. She earned her Ph.D. at Illinois and won this award when I was a student there. Lastly, I would like to meet Francis Arnold who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018. I admire her drive and tenacity.

If you could take any Lawrenceville class, which would it be and why? 

It is impossible for me to choose just one course. I would love to experience each discipline and cannot imagine having those choices in high school. 

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