Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
In movies, scientists are sometimes portrayed as being serious individuals showing little emotion and creativity. In reality, I would argue that being a great scientist requires a passion for what you're doing. One of my favorite things to do during my days off from teaching, is go hiking and see how many plants I can identify. The world outside our homes and offices offer so much unique and interesting stories, if only we look for them. What I think is best about being a scientist is the challenge of combining a passion with the discipline it takes to conduct scientifically-sound research. To do that, a scientist has to be disciplined but at the same time flexible enough to accept changes and unexpected outcomes. On top of all that, creativity and being able to think outside the box is a necessity in science. I see being a scientist as a continuous challenge and an investment in lifelong learning.