Carrying the Flame at Claremont Graduate University

Carrying the Flame at Claremont Graduate University

October 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(upbeat electronic music) – The appearance of risk is kind of like setting up a tightrope five
inches from the ground. And you’re like walking
like you’re going to fall but you know if you fall,
you’re just five inches from the ground. You have to have a real need
for what you’re working on and a real desire to do an inquiry that is authentic enough to put you at the edge of what you know. – I just became really
interested in sort of being a disease tracer. And then that’s really what
I do, I trace diseases. And I collect data,
and I analyze the data. And then I write about the data, on interesting diseases that
no one knows anything about. – I didn’t know what kind of
experience I was coming into. Especially being from so
many different backgrounds. You’ve got engineers, you’ve got artists, and then we got business people. I didn’t expect it to be so fun. – Working in a museum is
one of the best experiences because you literally are doing something and learning something new every day. There’s never two days that are the same and you’re always encountering
different cultures but also encountering how people connect. – I always want more. Every time I do something,
I’m like it could be bigger, it could be shinier,
it’s not enough glitter it should be pinker, it should
have been (laughs) brighter it could have hung from the ceiling. I don’t know, there’s always something, I always want more. (upbeat electronic music) – Coming here yeah, they
definitely put you under the gun. But in that sense, I mean you leave feeling like you earned something. – We are very, very intense
and very, very comprehensive. The instructors meet every week
while classes are in session and we look for ways that students can use the work that they’re doing
across multiple courses. – So I’m surrounded by very
smart graduate students the whole time. Also, we have a wonderful
research environment around us in terms of all the other universities that we make links with and so forth. – Here at Claremont
Graduate University we tend to do research on processes
that actually have real world implications. – This research would have
been very difficult to do at a place other than
Claremont Graduate University. We had to have people who have knowledge of organizations, people
who are neuroscientists, psychologists, organizational theorists. So by having this
transdisciplinary university, my lab is full of people
who are very diverse in their training, in their experience. We deploy that diversity to great effect. We are here to do work
that’ll improve people’s lives directly, and so that’s
super gratifying to me. – CGU is diversity. – CGU is lovely, yeah. – CGU is a place where you
can study hard and play hard. – CGU is life (laughs). – For me, I feel like
your opportunities come by what you put in. So I was like, I can’t keep
being afraid, I have to go ahead and take that
opportunity, take a leap of faith. – CGU has given me a confidence in myself knowing that I went to a school that’s known to not be a walk in the park. And I did it in a really
challenging time in my life. It’s given me a level of fearlessness. (mid tempo electronic music)