Agassiz's Legacy: Scientists' Reflections on the Value of by Elizabeth Higgins Gladfelter

By Elizabeth Higgins Gladfelter

Collects oral histories of a few of the main attention-grabbing and consultant box investigators to come back into their medical best within the 1950-90s. The ebook exhibits how kinds, techniques, and clinical values replaced over 50 years and captures the adventure of clinical study within the box.

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I still feel the best ideas I’ve pursued have come from observations of organisms in the field and asking, What are those animals doing? William McFarland (b. 1925) Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Systematics Cornell University Interviewed at his home 13 July 1998 In the mid-1970s, Bill McFarland visited the West Indies Lab to do research. His work on fish vision, including the adaptation of coral reef fish visual pigments to their light environment is considered classic (see MCFALL-NGAI). He frequently inveigled students (including me) to assist him in the field by arousing their curiosity about fish and the behavior of light in the sea; truthfully one was eager to go along because Mc’s boundless enthusiasm is infectious.

The other professor who influenced my development, of course, was Dr. Fred Crescitelli. I was interested in function. I don’t know why. What made animals work? Why did they do what they did? So I didn’t work in systematics, even though Boyd insisted I be trained in it. I worked in physiology and morphology, adaptations of fishes. That just fascinated me. But, while I was a graduate student, I also had to earn a living. At that time there was no NSF support, Sputnik was yet to fly, and TA-ships were very hard to come by.

I was in Fred Crescitelli’s lab. Even though I didn’t work on vision, I learned all the lore. I couldn’t help but be interested in vision, particularly with Fred’s enthusiasm WORLD WAR II GENERATION as a human being. I can still remember the day I walked into his lab, and he grabbed me to see the very latest visual pigment from a gecko. I mean, you knew Fred. As you said, he was a little leprechaun himself, an Italian leprechaun. You were excited about the subject because of him, because he was excited about the subject?

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