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Why Do Those Mountains Look so Different?

Encouraging self-driven curiosity for learning in all students
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Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation

“Why do those mountains look so different?” So said a young girl to her grandfather. She was used to the saguaro cactus of Tucson Arizona, but here they were hiking in the Teton National Forest past a mountain covered with lodgepole pine trees.

Her grandfather was about to tell her the answer when he stopped himself – Should I answer as her grandfather, or should I answer as a science teacher? He decided to respond to her question with a question:

Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Joel Orlando Hernández Ramos

“The Amgen Scholars experience gave me the opportunity to have my first ever approach to neuroscience and stem cell culture.”
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Host University: The University of Tokyo
Home University: Tecnológico de Monterrey
Amgen Scholar Year: 2018
Major: Biotechnology
Expected Graduation: December 2019

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Both Orla Hennessy’s parents were successful medical doctors, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to follow in their footsteps — especially her father’s. As an interventional cardiologist, he was often gone on 24-hour calls.

Still, when Hennessy finished high school early and at 16 was faced with a decision about what studies to pursue, she chose medicine.

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