Cool Jobs: Studying what you love

Researchers study the same animals that fascinated them as kids

By Roberta Kwok, 13:15 PM July 11, 2012

This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.


Wayne Maddison was 13 years old when he fell in love. Standing on the shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, he noticed a mat of grass float by. On top of the mat was a spider about the size of a dime, with metallic green jaws. “She looked up at me,” recalls Maddison. “So of course I looked down at her and I thought, Wow!” Intrigued by her looks, Madd...

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