Marvin Chun — Being a Psychologist Dean

LC: In your addresses to students during the opening assembly for new first-years, you always seem to address some aspect of psychology, whether the drawbacks of multitasking, confirmation bias, or how diverse perspectives benefit teamwork. I’m wondering if that same psychological mindset affects how you approach being a Dean, either in terms of how you manage your tasks but also how you view the job of shaping students’ minds...

Marvin Chun — Bio

Marvin Chun’s interest in psychology started in high school searching for self-help motivation. High school was very difficult for Chun, moving back to South Korea for his father’s job after being raised in California. Not only are Korean schools very different from (and harder than) American schools, Chun did not speak Korean at the time. One day he found an introductory psychology book lying around the house and began reading...

Joan Steitz–Writing the Book on Women in Academic Science and Engineering

LC: You’ve also worked with the National Academies to research the role of gender in scientific research.  JS: Right, that was a one time appointment to the committee that wrote the book on women in science. The committee was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences and Donna Shalala, who’d been the HHS head secretary… Continue reading Joan Steitz–Writing the Book on Women in Academic Science and Engineering

Joan Steitz — Early RNA Work in the Watson Lab

Dr. James Watson came and gave a talk at Fred Hutch a couple years ago and said something about how genome sequencing technology is great, but that the future of cancer research and other research is in understanding the translational process beyond just mapping mutations. But obviously Dr. Watson is famous for his DNA research. What attracted you to RNA, coming from his lab?

Randy Schekman — The Bulletin Board Goals

(photo from, taken by Elena Zhukova)
LC: So I heard that a way you motivate people in your lab is a bulletin board in your lab with major landmark and major achievements on it that you’re shooting for. I was wondering if this board is still literally or figuratively in place and what your modern or current research goals are.