February 28, 2011

Professor Baird Taught Natalie Portman

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Today's New York Times quotes psychology professor Abigail Baird because she once taught Natalie Portman.

"'I’ve taught at Harvard, Dartmouth and Vassar, and I’ve had the privilege of teaching a lot of very bright kids,' said Abigail A. Baird, who was one of Ms. Portman’s mentors at Harvard. 'There are very few who are as inherently bright as Natalie is, who have as much intellectual horsepower, who work as hard as she did. She didn’t take a single thing for granted.' [...]


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Whether as a student in her class or a research assistant in her lab, said Dr. Baird, who is now an associate professor of psychology at Vassar, 'Natalie never once asked for an extension or to be excused from her responsibilities.'


If she was scheduled to appear on the Letterman show, for example, she would finish her paper early. 'She’s sincerely confident and has a good grasp of her strengths and weaknesses,' said Dr. Baird, and she is wise beyond her years. 'One of things she said was: "It’s weird that there are so many people at Harvard who do amazing things outside the classroom. It just so happens that people like to watch what I do."'"

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