Humans of Natural Sciences


The Humans of New York (HONY) began in 2010 in New York City when one photographer decided to take portraits that gradually evolved into glimpses into the lives of the inhabitants. Here in CNS, we also try to provide snapshots of the very people around us through.

Dr. Stefanie Leacock

Dr. Leacock excitedly offered to take me to her research lab so that I could get some live action shots of the Longhorn "state of mind". I expected our interaction to mainly consist of me asking general, overused questions and receiving brusque responses. Instead, I was met with a certain sense of fulfillment as Dr. Leacock elaborated about her experiences with great enthusiasm.

Dr. Leacock is the first science teacher that made her subject, genetics, make complete sense to me. As a passionate and understanding professor, she explains and re-explains (and re-re-explains) mitotic recombination in class to ensure her students understand the material.

Currently, Dr. Leacock also teaches Experiments in Developmental Biology, BIO 349L, a class she explains, “really allows students to understand how science works beyond the classroom, develop inquiries and the real success of learning: an experience becomes an integral part of a person.”
Professor Leacock completed her post-doc at UT Southwestern in a lab that researched Ewing's Sarcoma using Zebrafish as model organisms. Inspired to pursue biology by her undergraduate research in genetics and supported by a great mentor, Professor Leacock described her working at UT as simply being at the right place at the right time.


Sandra (n): a Human Development and Family Science major; overworked senior; inspired by her family and a deep-rooted passion for helping others; frequent desirer of Tiff's Treats; giver of pep talks and motivation.

She smiles 24/7. She wanted to work with people and major in science, but knew medical school was not the place for her. She decided she wanted to go to law school. With her specialization in child development, she plans to work with families and kids going through crisis.

I have to be careful not to use this space to proclaim how unbelievably sweet her smile is or how brightly her face lights up when she talks about her classes. She's got spunk, but she's also got a sweet heart and kind eyes.


Q: "If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?"
A: "I would definitely go deep sea diving! I've always wanted to but the fear of drowning is scary. I guess if I was immortal, I wouldn't have to worry"

Meet Eddy, a Biology major and a lover of all things weird in Austin. A Corpus Christi native and a transfer student from UT San Antonio, he initially was a Psychology major set on going to law school. That is, until he shadowed a lawyer and decided it was not for him.

Q: "What do you love most about UT?"
A: "At UTSA everyone was really friendly but there wasn't always something to do on campus if you were feeling crazy or adventurous on any day. At UT, you can walk down the street and find something to do. I almost never use my car. But on the other hand, the amount of people here is overwhelming. Sometimes I feel like a just a number here"

Currently, Eddy plans on attending dental school so he can still be involved in health care without the long hours that comes with being a physician.

Mr. Quincy Daniels

in·spire (n-spr)
v. in·spired, in·spir·ing, in·spires
1. To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.
2. To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion

Mr. Quincy Daniels graduated from UT Austin with a BBA fully aware he wanted to work with people, even though he was unsure how and in what capacity.

"So many students at this University need guidance, and come from families that don't give them guidance. It's nice to help them through this overwhelming process. What I really love about UT is the large and diverse population: it's interesting to see all the cultures mesh together in this community."

Inspired by his academic advisor, Mr. Daniels decided to build his career at the university as an undergraduate advisor in CNS.

For all the students at UT, he advises that communication is key for success. Whether it’s communicating with a professor or a loved one, students miss out on help because they do not communicate. Advisors, TAs, professors, and others are here to help, and all it takes is reaching out.


Q: "If you were sent to Mars, what three things would you bring to remind you of life on Earth?"

A: "I would bring a volleyball. I've been playing since middle school and I absolutely love it, even though it's actually a very underrepresented sport among men. I think I would also bring a collage of my family, so that I would remember their faces now that they were so far away. Gradually, I might lose some of our memories together, but when I looked at the picture, I would remember my love for them. And lastly, I'd bring a 6-pack of Dr. Pepper."

Joel is one of those few people who manages to do everything you wouldn’t expect, like play volleyball, love pharmacy, and have unbounded knowledge about outer space and astronauts (the only acceptable career choice to him at age 8).

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