The many faces of Goshen College

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FEATURES

SHU TU ’05

A postdoctoral research scholar at UC San Diego, Shu Tu uses the zebrafish as a model organism to study how the vertebrate heart develops and regenerates, in order to develop therapeutics for the human heart.

When did you first know that you wanted to pursue the highest level of education?

San Diego, Calif. B.A., Goshen College,

molecular biology and chemistry

M.A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, developmental biology

D.J. McFadden and Susan Lehman, a husband-and-wife duo, met at GC, got married and went on to earn their doctoral degrees together. D.J. is the health commissioner for Holmes County (Ohio), and Susan is a professor of physics at the College of Wooster.

When did you first know that you wanted to pursue the highest level of education? D.J.: “When I was a junior or senior in high

school I knew I wanted to go to medical school. However, it wasn’t until I found myself asking questions about population health in medical school that I realized I wanted to pursue a degree in public health.” SUSAN: “I actually don’t remember making the decision consciously. I was drawn to physics because I found the challenge of it to be rewarding. I had some research experiences at Goshen College that encouraged me to keep studying at the higher levels after completing my bachelor’s degree.” How did Goshen College prepare you for your current work? D.J.: “For me, the close relationships with

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“When I was in middle school or high school, I knew I wanted to get a Ph.D. in science.” How did Goshen College prepare you for your current work? “Goshen College

provided me with a liberal arts education across different disciplines, which equipped

our professors made the prospect of seeking higher education less intimidating. I also feel that the depth of understanding of the subjects that small class size provides helped me succeed.” SUSAN: “When we were at Goshen, we both participated in summer research as part of a consortium of colleges funded through the Pew Foundation. That opportunity helped me see what it would be like to be a physicist. Doing physics research is very different from doing physics homework, and the experience was fun. I want my students to see how much fun science is, and how different it is to do science as opposed to homework.” What is a piece of advice you would give to someone who is heading into your field? D.J.: “Learn how to improve your

communication skills and speaking skills so you can convey a message clearly. Learn how to read between the lines and understand body language. Look for the things that are not spoken.” SUSAN: “When you are focused on grades, it’s too easy to lose the big picture and to miss the connections. Don’t be afraid to say when you don’t understand something.”

me with communication skills to have discussions with fellow researchers in different fields. Also, I participated in the Maple Scholar undergraduate research program at GC. It gave me a taste of what it is like to be a scientific researcher, including conducting research in the laboratory, literature research, presenting one’s own work and interacting with fellow researchers.” What is a piece of advice you would give to someone who is heading into your field?

“Follow your passion. Find a way to work on something that will keep you up at night and get you to go to work early just to see if it worked.”

S US A N L E HM A N ’ 9 3 D .J. MC FA D DE N ’ 9 2

Millersburg, Ohio SUSAN LEHMAN B.A., Goshen College, physics Ph.D., University of North Carolina Asheville, physics D.J. MCFADDEN B.A., Goshen College, biology Master of Public Health, University of North Carolina Asheville, epidemiology M.D., Duke University