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Distinguished Glaser Seminar Series: "Government Support of Scientific Research: Getting the incentives right"

This is a past event.

Tuesday, February 4 at 12:00pm

WC - Wertheim Conservatory, 130
11200 SW 8th ST 33199, Wertheim Conservatory, Miami, Florida 33199

Join the Department of Biological Sciences for a lecture by Dr. Bruce Alberts

  • Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, UCSF
  • Editor-in-Chief of Science (2009-2013)
  • United States Science Envoy (2009-2011)
  • President, National Academy of Sciences (1994-2005)

Distressed by the perverse incentives that have generated the current hyper- competitive biomedical research environment in the United States, four of us published an open-access article in April 2014 entitled: Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws (Alberts, B., Kirschner,  M.W., Tilghman, S., &Varmus, H.; Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111, 5773-5777 (2014)).  One of our chief concerns has been the pressure on scientists to pursue overly conservative research goals; another has been a failure to adequately value fundamental biological research. Some attempts to improve the current situation, both at national and local levels, will be discussed with feedback appreciated.

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