I am not big on celebrations, nor do I accept many invitations to receive awards. There is much work to be done, and the reward is in the doing. I learned this lesson early from my parents, Martha and Robert Guyden. However, I am humbled that anyone would even mention my name in association with E. E. Just. I, like he, was born into a segregated America, and somehow we both found biology. I think Just's life story instigates a discussion on diversity in science, as well it should. However, after reading Tyrone Hayes' (2010 E. E. Just Award recipient) essay from last year, “Diversifying the Biological Sciences: Past Efforts and Future Challenges” (Hayes, 2010), I have little to add on the subject. His words gave voice to my thoughts. That being said, I would like to use these pages to describe my journey into the “Cell” and the people who “hoed the row ahead of me.”
Guyden, J. C. (2011). A different kind of quarterback. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 22(21), 3926-3928. doi:10.1091/mbc.E11-05-0471.