Meet Marc Edwards, assistant professor of biology, Amherst College
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Meet Marc Edwards, assistant professor of biology, Amherst College


I am Marc Edwards and I’m an assistant
professor of biology at Amherst College I teach the science of cellular motility
as a scientist I have questions in my head I have questions in my head about
how cells move about being able to explain in great molecular detail to
manipulate to control and to answer questions about how and why they move I
think as a scientist what it does for me is it drives me to sort of get the
questions out of my head and have them answered
I’m also as a teacher as a mentor as a scientist whose charge is to do those
things I’m looking for the payoff of when a student gets something I’m
looking for to see them have their aha moments I’m looking for the moments when
they they burst through my door with the answer to a question that has become
their own kind of thing and I really like helping students particularly
young scientists find their own questions in the summer when the
students are researching the best part of the day is coming in and seeing them
working why did I become a professor well I knew I wanted to become a
scientist I guess there are a bunch of different options for the type of work
scientists could do but I realized that I loved teaching I get the most out of
teaching people to do the things that I do I guess I’m trying to constantly try
to repay my old high school teacher who got me interested in science by sort of
paying that forward I think I’ve got stuck in that loop of paying it forward
and I don’t think I’m going to exit the loop anytime soon the greatest piece of
advice I’ve ever gotten is a piece of advice that I give my students in the
lab constantly I tell them just do the thing jump in with both feet take the
excitement that you have the uncertainty and just jump in there’s time and a
place for trepidation and all those kind of things but sometimes particularly in
the laboratory because failure teaches us so much just do the thing we’ll worry
about the consequences at the end of it we’ll learn the lessons that we have to
when we have when it’s time to learn them but jump in both feet

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