By Heather Burkhart
For some women, it may be risky business to decide between a fulfilling career and the raising of a family. If you’re like Dr. Caroline Defilippo, you have probably asked the universe, “Why do I have to choose just one?” As a practicing internist with two little girls at home, Dr. Defilippo is one of the many inspiring women who have overcome one of the most difficult challenges facing those who want to defy the typical stereotypes opposing them, all while enjoying the benefits of having both a family life and a career.
After receiving her graduate certificate in Environmental Studies and Public Health and serving as an ambassadorial scholar in Australia, Defilippo began working as a public health educator for Rockland County Department of Health, but not too long after was approached by her boss and was told that her talents would be well spent as a doctor. Defilippo responded that she “…was so not going to be a doctor; I was disenchanted by organic chemistry in particular.” However, a month into this position, which she thought was going to be her job, she took a step in another direction and enrolled in med school classes at night, something she refers to as “a leap of faith.” Several leaps of faith have guided her decisions since then, both educationally, professionally, and personally, and have helped her through a number of perhaps unexpected twists in life.
4/8/2015 0 Comments
Meitner, circa 1905 in Vienna via Wikimedia Commons
By Jessica Li
Lise Meitner collaborated with Otto Hahn in discovering nuclear fission, but Hahn’s name is the one associated most with the discovery, even nowadays, because he, not Meitner, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for it. Meitner's role in the instrumental discovery is not recognized nearly enough, even today.
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