Walking in beauty: A Navajo scientist confronts the legacy of uranium mining

“Walk in beauty” is a Navajo phrase that I heard a lot growing up. When you walk in beauty, you are in harmony with yourself and with everything around you. You are doing the best you can. I am trying to do the best I can as a Navajo woman and a scientist, to strive for harmony and balance in my work, but the journey is long, complicated, and full of difficult questions.

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First person: Journey to the stars

My journey started in 1969, as I – and the whole world – stood still and watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. Fast forward 50 years, and Christina Koch and Scott Kelly spend nearly a year in space on board the International Space Station. These out-of-this-world events bring my own, very earthly path into perspective.

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The heart of medicine: Healing the healers

“Our students have worked for most of their lives to get here. We tell them they can relax a bit now, but they’ve never done that. There’s a lot of support for them here… In Healer’s Art, students get to learn about and see each other in a way that is not offered anywhere else in the curriculum.” -Laurie Fonken

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