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The InterViews podcast series provides first-person accounts of the lives and work of National Academy of Sciences members. In this series of one-on-one conversations, scientists talk about what inspired them to pursue the careers they chose and describe some of the most fascinating aspects of their research.
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Vicki Chandler (genetics)
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
Vicki Chandler is Dean of the College of Natural Science at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. Were it not for scuba diving, Vicki Chandler might never have become a scientist. She was a twenty-something secretary and single mother of two daughters when she took up the hobby and became fascinated by the complex world of plants and animals she glimpsed underwater. Inspired to study marine biology, she enrolled in a junior college and took her first biology class, where she discovered a passion for genes that sealed her fate. She stopped diving and became a geneticist instead.
Dr. Chandler was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.