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My First Summer Job

Rosemary Counter
Financial Post
Toronto Ontario

Dr. Bondar shares the details of her six summers, starting as a teen, working with moths at a government-funded genetics laboratory. She received a clean white lab coat every Monday and an unlimited supply of spruce budworm moths. She learned she could do many new and different things and that if she tried she could also improve her skills at those too.

She learned to respect insects. Good thing, too, since insects were scheduled for observation in the Spacelab of her IML-1 flight! Insects have complex responses to climate changes that impact our lives on Earth.

Dr. Roberta Bondar smiling while holding a moth on her finger