This issue is dedicated to our dear friend and colleague, Professor Dave Featherstone, PhD, who passed suddenly at the end of January.
If you didn't know Dave, you won't have to look far to find someone in our community who was touched by his life. Like many of my fellow grad students, I knew Dave as a mentor, teacher, and colleague. He was a very bright light in our lab, and he knew exactly how to find a person’s greatest strengths and shine his light on them. Most of the time, we forget to give praise like Dave did. Science is ridden with critique. It’s our process. Whether he knew it or not, Dave’s positive feedback injected confidence and excitement to students when we needed it the most.
Dave made things seem effortless, from a quick email to let you know you did a good job, to the hard problems of science. No matter the topic, Dave had this amazing ability to rapidly process information and find that most critical of questions to ask. We all knew that we could bring him any question or problem, so long as we were prepared for a thoughtful, hour-long chat.
I want you to read this article that Dave wrote about how science = art. He knew so many cool things about this topic. Suzanne Harrison has created a beautiful website in his honor, so if you like, stop by for memories and photos. http://davefeatherstonememorial.weebly.com/
And now, we carry on. This month on thesciencecafe.com:
Keeping Up With the Red Queen by Anika Hazra
Under the Lens: Yesha Patel by Alyssa McRay
Review: I Contain Multitudes by Elsa Anderson
Watching Research Happen in JoVE by Cathy Lantz