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For the fourth year, Science News is spotlighting 10 early- and mid-career scientists who are tackling the big questions facing science and society.
The SN 10 includes scientists studying how cell movement in lungs encourages asthma, if the proteins of biology can teach a materials scientist how to make self-repairing batteries, and how volcanoes can build planets.
This year’s SN 10 consists of:
Each scientist included in the SN 10 was nominated by a Nobel laureate or recently elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Each year, I am more and more impressed by the scientists who are selected to this prestigious list,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News. “These scientists are making an enormous impact. I congratulate all the members of the SN 10 class of 2018.”
Nancy Shute, Editor in Chief of Science News, added, “It’s not surprising that members of the SN 10 class of 2018 are looking to other disciplines to find solutions to some of our world’s grandest challenges. Today’s best scientists understand that they need to think beyond boundaries and what has been done before. There’s a fearlessness and drive that made these researchers stand out.”
Susan Staugaitis, M.D., Ph.D., a native of Newark, New Jersey and a longtime reader of Science News, knew from an early age that she wanted to become a scientist.
There are countless genes involved even in determining something as simple as ear shape and size.