Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58“But after about 15 seconds I heard ‘poof,’ the video game exploded, and there was a small fire by the outlet. For the first time I learned that ‘Oh my gosh, this is interesting!’ We take electricity for granted, but there’s stuff happening behind the wall, and it got me excited and curious about science,” he says. His parents were excited too, but in a different way. “My father says, ‘Son, whatcha doin’ here, trying to burn da the house?’” says Dr. Bertley, doing an impression of his father’s Caribbean accent. Despite the mishap, his parents supported his growing interest in science. So did his paternal grandmother. Although she had only a third-grade education, she encouraged him and his siblings to “pursue our dreams and always to work hard and have confidence in ourselves.” He said she told them “to understand that no matter what, you can accomplish it.” His grandmother’s encouragement helped him in school, where he was sometimes the only black child in his class. He dealt with people who thought he should be an athlete, an entertainer, or a tradesman. “There was not a lot of support for becoming an intellectual or scholar or research scientist, a doctor or lawyer,” he says. Frederic Bertley Making health and science come alive With a laugh, Frederic Bertley, Ph.D., describes a typical week at The Franklin Institute as “Cray-zee!” He means crazy in a “fun, positive” way. “My job is never bor- ing,” says Dr. Bertley, senior vice president for science and education at the Philadelphia science museum. “You can have a super-exciting life being a scientist!” His interest in science started in a “cray-zee” way too. He tells a story in his usual humorous way about what happened when he was nine and his first experiment almost set his house on fire. Dr. Bertley loved handheld video games. He had a newspaper route and used the money he earned to buy a football video game and bat- teries. But the batteries wore out quickly, and he couldn’t afford to keep buying new ones. He opened the back of the video game case and saw wires just like the ones in a lamp his father had in the basement. He cut the lamp cord, wired it to his video game, and plugged it into a wall outlet. It worked! 8