I appreciated hearing Mr. Kim's story. What I found most interesting was the student comments on the diversity initiative. There generally seemed to be an agreement that diversity is not as much the issue as inclusiveness. As a former instructor of speech communication, with an interest in getting back into teaching, I wish I could have stayed for more of the discussion on how faculty can help with the diversity initiative. I do believe there are ways faculty can help move this initiative.
Dr Johnson was great. It was really interesting to think of the Earth dotted with tropical forests from pole to pole. He posed some great questions for research. I am not a specialist in paleobotany, but his lecture was very approachable. I understood what his research was about, why he was doing the research (impacts on info on climate change), and where he was going with the research next. I also like that he said scientists should put more of a priority on communicating science to the public. Thanks so much for having him - cool to see the Dir. of the Smithsonian NHM!