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Contribution to Mentorship and Promoting Women in Science

      Athina Markou (1961–2016) in her all too brief life did not produce children; however, she most certainly taught the art of living well. In Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts, and literature. She was fierce and brave in battle. How apt that Athina Markou was named after her. In this brief commentary, we will honor Athina Markou’s contributions to women in science and to her role as a mentor. The word “mentoring” actually comes from the Greek word meaning enduring. Mentor was the name of the person to whom Odysseus entrusted the care of his son, Telemachus, when he set out on the odyssey. Mentor was a wise and trusted counselor of Odysseus as well as tutor to Telemachus. Legend has it that the goddess Athena would assume Mentor’s form specifically for the purpose of giving counsel to Odysseus. Athina served that purpose, providing counsel to both great leaders and young students as a role model and a mentor.
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