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John Woods
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Rocket scientist and evolutionary systems biologist by day, violence prevention activist and swing kid by night
Rocket scientist and evolutionary systems biologist by day, violence prevention activist and swing kid by night

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I am extremely honored to have been selected as a White House Champion of Change, and grateful for the attention it will draw to +Texas Gun Sense and the important work our organization is doing to educate Texans about firearms policy.

This award is a little bit hard for me. It comes nearly seven years after Max's death, in the month of April, which is always difficult. Moreover, there are so many wonderful activists out there who do what they do not because they bear physical or emotional wounds — as I do — but because they have great compassion.

There are two names in particular which I want to single out. The first is +Katherine Haenschen, who will be attending the White House event with me tomorrow. Not only did Katherine push me to become an organizer, but she has been an unwavering source of support ever since.

The second name is that of +frances schenkkan, a co-founder of Texas Gun Sense and also the person who coined the term #GunSense (which is used throughout the gun violence prevention movement today). Without Frances, there would be no TGS; I am one thing (an organizer), but she serves TGS in a multitude of roles and brings so much experience and enthusiasm.

I want also to thank Max's mom. I already have three moms (Mom, Mom's partner, Dad's partner); but Max's mom might as well be my fourth mother. I would do anything to make sure that others don't have to go through what Max's family has experienced, and they are why I stay involved.

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My first class recap at WVU Swing Dancing Club.

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Me with the Doctor and K–9 at the #MentorSummit.
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Oops! Not supposed to take pictures in Google buildings. Sorry, folks! No more of those. #MentorSummit +SciRuby

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At the #GSOC2013 #MentorSummit. Look at all the mentors! Thanks, Google! +SciRuby
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The guy who lent these to me didn't seem as eager to try out my glasses. #MentorSummit
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At the +Google Summer of Code #MentorSummit. Excited to meet lots of new people and also +Raoul Jean Pierre Bonnal, fellow +SciRuby mentor.

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This is probably the coolest thing I've seen all year: http://exoplanets.newscientistapps.com/ (other than my research results, of course! #Dissertation2013  FTW!)

BAM. Got an introduction and a chapter 2. Still missing chapter 1. Page count is 89. Eighty pages today! #Dissertation2013
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