Who’s your hero? A rock star? Pro athlete? I admire those who develop metrics and systems by which we prove our PR worth. As our industry seeks evaluation standards among the new media plethora, we each must champion best practices. The role of research became real to me in grade school. I was awestruck by my chosen subject, James Van Allen, who discovered the radiation belts around the earth, propelling America’s space exploration. This brilliant scientist was from my home state and still living.