Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
The best thing about being a scientist, I feel, is that you always get to be surrounded by cool ideas, questions, discoveries, and people. It is a field in which we are forever learning and aiming to improve our understanding of things. The questions can be intriguing. The discoveries can be fascinating. And the people can be passionate and knowledgeable. There is an energy and excitement among scientists because we often want to share things we discover with each other and at the same time we also want to learn from each. It is a field where, in its ideal form, it is not the individual ego that drives science, but rather the pursuit of knowledge so as to benefit the whole that matters most.