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Science  20 Jan 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6322, pp. 227
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7460

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The new year brings opportunities to think creatively about finding solutions to difficult problems. It's a chance to affirm that although views may differ dramatically, we should try to work effectively with one another. My namesake believed in this. Jeremy Stone, the long-time president of the Federation of American Scientists, passed away on 1 January at the age of 81. As a graduate student, Stone attended mathematics classes taught by my father, and he and his wife Betty Jane (B.J.) Stone, also a distinguished mathematician and statistician, babysat my brother and me. Stone's career followed a remarkable and unusual path for a scientist—indeed, for anyone—and highlights how individuals with training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can contribute to society in diverse and profound ways.