Thursday, May 12, 2005

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - Girls and Science

The Washington Post reports on Girls and Science.
Harvard University President Lawrence Summers incited an ideological riot earlier this year when he suggested that women may be innately unsuited for success in math and science. But Summers's remarks, for which he subsequently apologized, are a moot point to women like [...] Felicia Nutter.
Felicia Nutter finds her work as a mountain-gorilla veterinarian in Rwanda utterly absorbing. But there are plenty of challenges as well, as author Pamela S. Turner makes clear in Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes (Houghton Mifflin, $17; ages 8-12).

Because the mountain gorillas are treated in their natural habitat, Nutter and others involved with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project often must hike for hours to reach their patients. Even a broken foot is no excuse, as Nutter found when she spent five hours limping up a mountainside on crutches to check on a gorilla thought to be desperately ill. Instead, the gorilla grumbled when he saw the exhausted Nutter -- a sign that he was in better-than-expected health.
Full article at Washington Post