I once got hired by pleading ignorance. I was interviewing for a speech-and-publication-writer job at an auto manufacturer. The line that got me in the door? “I don’t know anything about what you do.”
“But,” I continued eagerly, “If I could get an engineer to explain complex concepts in language even a non-math-and-science person could understand, I can deliver that message to any audience you want to reach.” It worked.
Our Top Docs section (page 75) makes me recall that scene. I realize that I’m as much in awe of doctors, engineers, and scientists as I am of any sports or musical hero — they’re people who can do something I never could.
One thread weaves through these stories: the fight against our common enemy, cancer. It’s a disease that in one form or another, has taken a toll on every single one of us. And talk about explaining complicated topics. Check out Alexa Stanard’s story on the role “big data” can play in curing diseases (page 84), including cancer. Then read Associate Editor Lou Blouin’s story on how researchers are exploring if our cats and dogs could hold the key to beating the illness (page 76).
We also take a look at how those who survive cancer are getting self-help tools to feel healthy again after their victorious battle (page 88). The story was written by one of our interns, Shelby Tankersley, who also came up with the snazzy headline, “Power to the Patient.” Another intern, Amanda Rahn, took on the task of finding a slew of insightful “one-sentence stories” that touch on the latest innovations and initiatives from metro Detroit systems (page 90).
We’re grateful for the contributions of all our invaluable interns — and that they let us make them learn about things they don’t know anything about.