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Sally Logsdon
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Sally Logsdon: Research Soil Scientist. B.A. Cedarville College, M.S. Michigan State University, Ph.D. Virginia Tech (VPI and SU)

Was there an event or a person who inspired you to pursue your career path?
After finishing my B.A. degree in Biology, I read a book about George Washington Carver, ‘The man with courage.” As a former slave, he fought a lot of prejudice with a calm spirit. His faith inspired him to seek remedies for the poor share croppers. His work on peanuts was a way to improve their diet as well as the land.

What attracted you to ARS or NLAE?
After finishing my Ph.D., I taught for a year at a small college while looking for a research job. I learned how to get a job by reading the book “What color is your parachute?” At that time ARS had just started the post-doctoral program, so I applied for many, and got a job at St. Paul, MN. That led to the job at the newly opened NSTL.

What is your favorite aspect of your work?
I am visually-oriented, so I like to see what I work with: soil, roots, plants, etc.

What would you like to accomplish before you retire next June?
I would like to get some data into the database.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people who know you?
I have “synthesia”. This means that due to cross-linked brain connections when I was young, I always see colors associated with letters and numbers.