Personal Perspective on a Life in Science

As written by Cynthia M. Friend

The Kavli Foundation President, Cynthia Friend, shares her take on the dynamic frontier of science in a personal perspective published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry. Through a few stories, she highlights some of the opportunities and challenges over the last several decades and expresses her deep gratitude and privilege for a multi-faceted career, rich in ideas and full of friends and colleagues.

Dr. Friend also shares with readers her basic messages:

  • Support education in all forms.
  • Take calculated risks that open new opportunities for excellence and creativity.
  • Expect challenges and meet them full on – leadership matters.
  • Give back to your community and pave the way for others.

The special issue includes a tribute to Dr. Friend written by Dr. Robert Madix, along with her numerous publications in the journal.



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