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Got a Question? “Ask A Biologist”

Science  26 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6008, pp. 1192-1193
DOI: 10.1126/science.1186993

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Adjusting her headphones, fifth-grader Itzany Mendez carefully reads through her handwritten list to select her next interview question. She fixes Rebecca Clark, a doctoral student in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU), with a curious look (see the first figure). Mendez's question reflects the perspective and natural observation skills found in a young scientist: “Why do ants huddle up like penguins?” she asks. “That's a great question,” Clark says, as she launches into a short discussion of animals and social groups.