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In my high school AP biology class in Los Angeles, I became fascinated with the inner workings of cells. One day in class we watched The Race for the Double Helix, a film that superbly recounts the scientific sleuthing that led to the elucidation of the structure of DNA. Enraptured by the excitement, drama, intellectual challenge and importance of scientific discovery portrayed in the film, I decided then to set sail for a career in biological research. I stayed the course through my undergraduate years at Berkeley and two years as a lab tech at Hines VA Hospital in Chicago, but in grad school at the University of California, San Diego, I gradually began to steer toward a new destination: a teaching career. Why this change in heading? Mostly because it became apparent that my talents ...