AntsFrom The New York Times: François Taddei has three lives. Like many academic scientists, he divides his time between teaching and his own research, commuting from the sixth floor of the medical faculty at Paris Descartes University, where he researches the evolution and adaptation of bacteria, to the second floor of the same building, where as director of the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity he supervises students working on everything from genetics to the use of computer games in scientific research. Bringing the public into the research community is Dr. Taddei’s passion — and the key to his third life, which currently takes place in Bagneux, a suburb south of Paris. With the help of Ange Ansour, a teacher at the Paul Vaillant Couturier school, he has recruited a group of 18 primary school students to work with two of France’s leading myrmecologists, or ant experts. Dr. Taddei calls this “learning through research.”

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