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ByTom MillerThe Secret Life of Scientists and EngineersThe Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

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Nine-year-old Mollie reading

Who is Mollie Woodworth?

Well, she was responsible for the first pom-poms we ever had in the “Secret Life” studios. I know that for a fact.

And she knits a mean DNA scarf.

But several months after we interviewed Mollie, this is how I remember her.

She is the young girl who sat in the bleachers, off to herself, with her nose in a book, while the rest of her family screamed their heads off at high school sporting events.

She is the grown-up woman who brings dinosaur valentines and cake to her colleagues at a high-powered Harvard University neurological lab.

Grown-up Mollie cheering

She is the researcher who loves her fuzzy lab mice, but who is more than willing to slice up their little brains to look for ways to treat neurological diseases in humans.

And she is absolutely full of cheer… whether she’s talking about the fabulous peanut butter pie she ate with her husband at TGI Friday’s or when she’s screaming her head off at an MIT basketball game (as you know by watching her video “The Blood Will Tell,” she gave into genetics and is now carrying on the family business).

I’m nowhere near as sunny as Mollie. But when we worked with her, and when I think about her now, I’m cheerful.

Thanks, Mollie.

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