Member of the Goodman CARDS® since 2010
What is one thing you really like about being a member of the CARDS® at Goodman?
I like it when we hear feedback that something we did really helped someone – when it made something as or more successful as someone was expecting. It’s what we do, everybody chips in a little piece, and by the time we are done, we’ve fixed it together. That’s the best part of it, because it’s a team thing.
What is one interesting experience or research topic we discussed at a meeting – something that stands out in your memory?
I’ve been with the CARDS® a long time, so I have quite a database to dig through! I like the general politeness and professionalism [of researchers]. There have been times at the end of the meeting where they give us feedback, saying, “You guys helped us so much, we thought we had that down but you made it sound way better.” It’s empowering…there’s something in me that likes the reaction of someone else when you make something better for them.
How has being in the CARDS® affected your attitude about research?
So far there’s been things that made me want to chase [an answer] too. Sometimes it’s about something that will help me. Because of the exposure we have to these UW projects, I even went to a fair at the science building I had heard about at one of the CARDS® meetings, maybe two or three summers ago. It got me interested, maybe there would be something fun or cool.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that people might be surprised to learn!
Probably my bicycling. Here I am, two stents in me in the last three or four years, and I bicycle all the time. It keeps me feeling good.
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